Gerontologists tackle $30M study

June 11, 2009

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SFU gerontology researchers are taking part in a major new 20-year study of 50,000 Canadians aged 45 to 85 to learn how they cope with health, social and economic changes as they age.

The federal government is investing $30 million in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), based at McMaster University.

Andrew Wister, professor and chair of SFU’s gerontology department, co-led the study’s development and will lead the SFU-based comprehensive data collection team.

"We have a large, inter-disciplinary team whose cutting-edge research will use the CLSA data," notes Wister. "Our partnership with the Fraser Health Authority will help us capture the diversity of the province’s aging population." B.C. has two additional data collection sites at UVic and UBC.

Hundreds of researchers all over the country will collaborate on this study, says Wister. "B.C. has been well represented in the planning for the study and it offers B.C. researchers a wonderful opportunity.

"Not too long from now 25 per cent of Canadians will be over age 65. This study will lead to a better understanding of health and disease along the aging trajectory, and ultimately to better care and responsive social policies. It’s an investment in the future of us all."


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