Largest Canadian Aging Study Gets Underway

The data collection site for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) officially opened on Thursday.

Located at the Deer Lodge Centre, the study will follow approximately 50,000 men and women between the ages of 45 and 85 for at least 20 years.

Information will be collected on the changing biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects of people’s lives. These factors will be studied in order to understand how, individually and in combination, they have an impact in both maintaining health and in the development of disease and disability as people age.

“More than 4,400 people from Manitoba will take part in this landmark study of aging, including 3,000 who will participate in in-depth data collection at the Deer Lodge Centre,” said Verena Menec, community health sciences and director of the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba, and lead site investigator for the CLSA in Manitoba. “With the help of Manitobans, we will be able to better understand the aging process and the factors that shape healthy aging. This knowledge will lead to long-term benefits in ensuring Canadians age well.”

Two different groups will be involved in the study — those who will do telephone interviews, while others will take part in a home interview and a visit to a Data Collection Site at the Deer Lodge Centre.

Updated at 1:50 p.m.

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