CLSA: Bringing research home

CLSA: Bringing research home

by Sherly Kyorkis

Why do some people age in a healthy way while others don’t? This question is the driving force behind the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). The first research study of its kind in Canada, the CLSA is collecting data from 51,000 participants aged 45 to 85 over a 20-year period to help pinpoint the physical, psychological, social, environmental, economic, and lifestyle factors that affect how people age. What we learn from the CLSA over the next 20 years will help to improve the aging experience for people in Canada and around the world. The hope is to change the way we live and our approach to growing older.

I sat down with Jamie O’Donnell, in-home interviewer for the CLSA and long-term resident and member of the Crown Point community. I asked Jamie to share his insights as a CLSA employee who works directly with participants residing in Hamilton.

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