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A contrast of the old and the new on a street in Singapore

The Comparative Study of Aging and Health in Asia (AHA) is a multi-country collaborative study of health among older Asians. The project uses existing longitudinal survey data to study health transitions in four Asian countries: Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.

The primary aims of the project are to:

(1) estimate population prevalence levels of various health outcomes, examine recent trends in prevalence levels within countries, determine individual-level transition rates in health status, and estimate active life expectancy;

Elderly Taiwanese in a nursing home facility

(2) investigate the effects of socioeconomic status and family network characteristics and social support on health status transitions among older adults; and

(3) examine the individual and community-level determinants of health care utilization. Project collaborators include researchers from several of the study countries and the United States.

Principle Investigators: Mary Beth Ofstedal (University of Michigan), Zachary Zimmer (Population Council)

Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging (NIA).


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