In-depth, long-term study on ageing
Canadian researchers are looking into what is likely a world first kind of study. Although other studies have looked at individual aspects of things like health, or psychological issues, this one looks at many issues together and the correlation to each other over a period of 20 years in the life of the participants.
Cristina Wolfson (PhD) the co-principal investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Ageing (CLSA). She is professor at McGill University in the Faculty of Medicine, and research scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in MontrealListen
The huge study involves principle researchers at McGill University in Montreal, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia and about 200 other colleagues who recruited subjects from across the country, some 50,000 participants.
The study launched in 2010, looks at a vast number of aspects of ageing in Canada from social connections, jobs, emotional issues, memory loss, health and the relationhips among these and how each of these, (and others) may affect the others.
A 20 Year Study
The study will follow the subjects for 20 years to note changes as they age. The youngest subjects are 45 years of age and range up to 85, but regardless of age, the study will follow them through life for the next twenty years. Other participants will not be recruited to replace any who die.
Participants will be questioned every three years on this extensive and wide-ranging examination on how people age, physically, emotionally, and financially.
About 20,000 are interviewed by phone, the remaining 30,000 are interviewed in person.
The first results are out, and generally people feel their ageing is going well, especially regarding their physical health, with 90% reporting overall health at good, very good, or excellent.
Highlights of the report- full report in links at bottom
However, 20 per cent said they felt lonely at some point, and that it increased with age, and was more common in women.
Lonelines can have a negative effect on well-being and even physical health.
A noticeable percentage of retired participants had gone back into the job market (20% of women- 30% of men) due to financial need.
The study seeks in part to identify factors that allow some people to age well, while others do not.