Today I want to introduce an exciting Canadian-wide longitudinal research project that recently started a data collection weeks here in Victoria BC!
The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a large, national, long-term study that will follow approximately 50,000 men and women between the ages of 45 and 85 for at least 20 years. The study will collect information 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. The CLSA will be one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind undertaken to date, not only in Canada but around the world.
Victoria is now one of 11 sites across Canada (see if there’s one in your area HERE!)
What does participation entail?
Well, if you are 45-85 years, you may be contacted via random telephone dial. The collection assessment consists of:
- memory and neuropsychological assessments
- electrocardiography (ECG)
- blood pressure
- carotid artery wall thickness
- lung function
- strength and physical performance
- bone density and aortic calcification
- blood and urine samples
… pretty comprehensive, meaning lots of potential to further understand aging and related disease processes!
Interested? Here’s more media releases related to the new Victoria data collection site