Unlocking the Mysteries of Aging: Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) in Newfoundland and Labrador
The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a new, federally funded study that will increase the understanding of common health problems affecting seniors. About $1.5 million of the project funding will come to Newfoundland and Labrador initially, with additional funding as the project develops. Researchers will collect information on the changing biological, medical, psychological, social and economic aspects of the participants lives. The design and extended follow-up of the CLSA will enable the study team to look at more than a brief snapshot of the adult Canadian population and to critically examine health transitions and changes over a longer-term period. Statistics Canada has committed important and invaluable in-kind contributions to the design of the survey and the recruitment of participants. Participants will be randomly selected, studied at three-year intervals, and will be followed for at least twenty years.
The Newfoundland study will enroll a total of 5,000 participants between the ages of 45 to 85 years to study the determinants of healthy aging. These determinants will include biological, psychosocial and economic factors. In addition to starting at mid-life, the CLSA is the first study of its kind to collect social and economic retirement factors, as well as clinical and biological measures.