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Keywords:

  • ageing;
  • health behaviour;
  • health knowledge;
  • lifestyle;
  • qualitative research

Aim:  The aim of this study was to develop the evidence-based Healthy Ageing Quiz (HAQ).

Methods:  Phase 1 activities (focus groups with 33 older adults, literature review and discussion with an advisory panel) informed the development of a draft HAQ. Phase 2 involved assessing the quiz's psychometric properties and collecting respondent feedback.

Results:  Phase 1 provided broad topics for formulating quiz questions. In Phase 2, 297 and 122 respondents returned a quiz for validity and reliability testing respectively (over 70% response rate). The HAQ was found to be both valid (r =−0.7 to 0.6) and reliable (r = 0.8).

Conclusions:  The development of the HAQ was guided by the literature and input from older people and experts in healthy ageing. The quiz showed good psychometric properties and was acceptable to respondents. It allows older adults and people approaching old age to evaluate their current lifestyle in order to maximise their chances of ageing well.