I am a PhD student based in DCU School of Nursing & Human Sciences. I’m contacting you in your capacity as co-ordinator of various Dublin City Council Age-friendly groups and partnerships, in the hope that you may be able to help me with advertising a Call for Volunteers for an anonymous survey study which is looking at the types and frequency of memory errors/lapses experienced by healthy people in the general population aged 50 and above. I attach a recruitment advertisement containing contact details and information about the study, however the online version of the questionnaire can be accessed directly by clicking on the blue link below in the main body of this email. I would be most grateful if you could forward the following information to your affiliated groups and partners, as well as to colleagues, friends and family members who may be interested in taking part in this worthwhile research.


This anonymous questionnaire-based research study which forms part of a PhD project in DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences is exploring the type of memory mistakes people make in normal everyday life, how often these mistakes occur, and the possible relationship between memory errors and factors such as age, gender, education level, mood and fatigue.
If we know more about how often healthy people forget, the types of things they forget, and the factors that influence forgetting, GPs and other health professionals may be better able to judge the potential seriousness of an individual’s complaints and help people to improve and protect their memory.

If you are aged 50 or above, and you do not have a diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition that impairs cognition, stroke, tumour, a significant psychiatric or learning disability, or severe hearing or visual impairment, please complete this anonymous questionnaire (blue link below) looking at everyday memory lapses. Questions take approx. 20 minutes to complete.
Click here to take a survey on everyday memory lapses.


If you would like more information about this study, or you would like a pen-and-paper version of the questionnaire, please contact the principle investigator, Sophia Kilcullen, atsophia.kilcullen4@mail.dcu.ie or ring 01 700 6083.