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A Review of Longitudinal Datasets on Ageing


The growth in longitudinal datasets on ageing have resulted from a recent global initiative, in a large part encouraged and partially funded by the NIA, over the past 20 years in numerous countries eager to understand the complexities of their ageing societies. In the main these studies aim to collect data on population ageing in terms of social, medical and environmental factors. Accordingly the studies being compared in this review focus primarily on health, wellbeing and social issues. These studies have made it possible to measure, evaluate and understand a wide variety of determinants of population change and helped to identify the challenges faced on many levels for the twenty first century and beyond. They have enabled organisations, health care service providers and government more readily able to anticipate and be responsive to the need of the dynamics of the population change as not only the population rapidly increases but faces a significant rise in the percentage of elderly persons. This review looks at the aim of each study, comparisons in methodology, key policy themes, benefits, collaborations with other datasets, gaps and challenges and key findings to date. For further information, an appendix is attached with the contact details of the Principal investigator and study website.

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Kaiser, A. A Review of Longitudinal Datasets on Ageing. Population Ageing 6, 5–27 (2013).

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  • Longitudinal surveys
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