Heath and Aging

Global Health and Aging

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Web Resources

English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

European Statistical System (EUROSTAT)

Health and Retirement Study

Human Mortality Database

International Network on Health Expectancy and the Disability Process

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Health Data 2010: Statistics and Indicators (may require a fee)

Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

United Nations. World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision.

U.S. Census Bureau International Data Base

U.S. National Institute on Aging

World Alzheimer’s Report

World Health Organization. Projections of Mortality and Burden of Disease, 2004-2030.

World Health Organization Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)

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Publication Date: October 2011
Page Last Updated: January 22, 2015

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