Unprecedented changes are occurring worldwide as fertility and mortality rates decline in most countries and as populations age. These changes affect individuals, families, governments, and private-sector organizations as they seek to answer questions related to health care, housing, social security, work and retirement, caregiving, and the burden of disease and disability.
NIA has pioneered cross-national research, sponsoring collaborative international projects, and disseminating findings in aging-related conditions and concerns affecting people worldwide. Significantly, NIA’s Health and Retirement Study has served as the model for similar large-scale longitudinal studies in other countries. These include the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), the Study of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS), the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (KLoSA), and the Chinese Health and Retirement Survey (CHARLS).
NIA also collaborates with the World Health Organization and others on additional research efforts on global aging issues.
Richard Suzman Director, DBSR
See also: DBSR Initiative on Global Aging