Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

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Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging: A Platform for Psychogeriatric Research

  • Vanessa Taler
  • Christine Sheppard
  • Parminder RainaEmail author
  • Susan Kirkland
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_56-1



The recently launched CLSA is the largest and most comprehensive study of aging ever undertaken in Canada. Through its innovative design and advanced data collection methods, the study provides a unique opportunity to examine the aging process and factors that shape healthy aging. After describing the study design of the CLSA, an overview of the measures used to assess psychological functioning is provided. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how the CLSA provides a unique opportunity to investigate the internal and external factors that influence psychological functioning in mid- to late-life.


The ability to maintain autonomy, perform everyday activities, and engage in society is highly dependent on the level of psychological functioning, and this relationship is magnified with age. Changes in cognitive functioning are a component of normal aging and begin in...


Life Satisfaction Prospective Memory Satisfaction With Life Scale Psychomotor Speed Prospective Memory Task 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanessa Taler
    • 1
  • Christine Sheppard
    • 2
    • 3
  • Parminder Raina
    • 4
    Email author
  • Susan Kirkland
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Ottawa and Bruyère Research InstituteOttawaCanada
  2. 2.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  3. 3.Bruyère Research InstituteOttawaCanada
  4. 4.Department of Clinical Epidemiology and BiostatisticsMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  5. 5.Departments of Community Health & Epidemiology and MedicineDalhousie UniversityDalhousieCanada