The Canadian longitudinal study on aging (CLSA)

Can J Aging. 2009 Sep;28(3):221-9. doi: 10.1017/S0714980809990055.


ABSTRACTCanadians are living longer, and older persons are making up a larger share of the population (14% in 2006, projected to rise to 20% by 2021). The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a national longitudinal study of adult development and aging that will recruit 50,000 Canadians aged 45 to 85 years of age and follow them for at least 20 years. All participants will provide a common set of information concerning many aspects of health and aging, and 30,000 will undergo an additional in-depth examination coupled with the donation of biological specimens (blood and urine). The CLSA will become a rich data source for the study of the complex interrelationship among the biological, physical, psychosocial, and societal factors that affect healthy aging.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging*
  • Biomarkers
  • Canada
  • Epidemiologic Research Design*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Longitudinal Studies*
  • Male
  • Mental Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Research Support as Topic
  • Social Support


  • Biomarkers