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The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 September 2009

Parminder S. Raina
Affiliation:
McMaster Evidence-based Practice Center, McMaster University Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University
Christina Wolfson
Affiliation:
Division of Clinical Epidemiology, McGill University Health Centre Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Occupational Health, and Department of Medicine, McGill University
Susan A. Kirkland
Affiliation:
Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie University Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Lauren E. Griffith
Affiliation:
McMaster Evidence-based Practice Center, McMaster University Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University
Mark Oremus
Affiliation:
McMaster Evidence-based Practice Center, McMaster University Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University
Christopher Patterson
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, McMaster University
Holly Tuokko
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Victoria
Margaret Penning
Affiliation:
Department of Sociology, University of Victoria
Cynthia M. Balion
Affiliation:
Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University
David Hogan
Affiliation:
Clinical Neurosciences, Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary
Andrew Wister
Affiliation:
Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University–Harbour Centre
Hélène Payette
Affiliation:
Centre recherche sur le vieillissement, Centre de santé et de services sociaux–Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke
Harry Shannon
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University Program in Occupational Health, and Environmental Medicine, McMaster University
Kevin Brazil
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University
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Abstract

Canadians are living longer, and older persons are making up a larger share of the population (14% in 2006, projected to rise to 20% by 2021). The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a national longitudinal study of adult development and aging that will recruit 50,000 Canadians aged 45 to 85 years of age and follow them for at least 20 years. All participants will provide a common set of information concerning many aspects of health and aging, and 30,000 will undergo an additional in-depth examination coupled with the donation of biological specimens (blood and urine). The CLSA will become a rich data source for the study of the complex interrelationship among the biological, physical, psychosocial, and societal factors that affect healthy aging.

Résumé

Les Canadiens vivent plus longtemps et les personnes plus âgées composent une part croissante de la population (14% en 2006, projeté d’atteindre 20% d’ici 2021). L’Étude longitudinale canadienne sur le vieillissement (ÉLCV) est une étude longitudinale nationale portant sur le développement adulte et le vieillissement qui recrutera 50 000 Canadien(ne)s âgé(e)s de 45 à 85 ans et qui les suivra pendant au moins 20 ans. Tous les participants fourniront un ensemble d’informations communes sur plusieurs aspects de la santé et du vieillissement, et 30 000 passeront un examen approfondi couplé au don de spécimens biologiques (sang et urine). L’ÉLCV deviendra une source de données riches pour l’étude d’inter-relations complexes entre les facteurs biologiques, physiques, psychosociaux et sociaux qui affectent le vieillissement en santé.

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Copyright © Canadian Association on Gerontology 2009

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Footnotes

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Funding for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging was provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Le Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) – Réseau québécois de recherche sur le vieillissement.

Parminder Raina is the recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Investigator award, an Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence award, and holds a Labarge Chair in Research and Knowledge Application for Optimal Aging at McMaster University.

Mark Oremus is the recipient of an Ontario Ministry of Health Long-term Care Career Scientist Award and holds the McLaughlin Foundation Professorship in Population and Public Health.

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