If this is to be the “Decade of Healthy Ageing,” treatments and support for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRDs) need to scale up now

The United Nations has declared that we are now in the “UN Decade of Healthy Ageing” (2021-2030) as a way to address the challenges that accompany increasing global life expectancy. Two researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center (David Bloom and Benjamin Seligman) are among the authors of this piece published on voxeu.org that cites … Continue reading “If this is to be the “Decade of Healthy Ageing,” treatments and support for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRDs) need to scale up now”

Older adults in rural South Africa who care for their grandchildren may also be safeguarding their cognitive function

Three researchers (Harvard Pop Center Research Scientist Elyse Jennings, Research Associate Director Meagan Farrell, and former Bell Fellow Lindsay Kobayashi) affiliated with one of the flagship projects at the Harvard Pop Center — Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI) — have published their findings in … Continue reading “Older adults in rural South Africa who care for their grandchildren may also be safeguarding their cognitive function”

Does cognitive function in older population living in South Africa differ based on HIV status?

A team of researchers affiliated with the HAALSI study have published their findings in Nature indicating that cognitive function scores varied depending on whether participants were being assessed using conventional measurement instruments versus one designed for low-literacy settings.

A first look at the emergence of chronic multimorbidity, including HIV, among aging population in South Africa

Partly due to the advancement of antiretroviral therapy (ART), South Africa is now among those countries whose population is living longer. Along with this blessing often goes the complex burden of managing multimorbidities such as cardiometabolic conditions, mental disorders, HIV and/or anaemia. A study by researchers affiliated with Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal … Continue reading “A first look at the emergence of chronic multimorbidity, including HIV, among aging population in South Africa”

HIV treatment programs linked to better cardiometabolic health indicators in South African patients

Researchers in the The Health and Aging in Africa: a longitudinal study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI) project explored whether those people living with HIV receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) might have better chronic disease (e.g. hypertension, diabetes) control and numbers resulting from the “cascade” of care. The results are published in JIAS.

New findings on aging in a newer population in South Africa

Three studies by researchers affiliated with Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI) have been published this month shedding light on the status of cognitive function, the level of daily living limitations and unmet care needs, and the impact of multiple illnesses on the likelihood of progressing along the recommended “continuum of care” among those … Continue reading “New findings on aging in a newer population in South Africa”

A first look at cardiovascular disease among an older (and newer) population

Populations in middle-income countries, in many cases, are aging at a faster rate than high-income countries, and these countries typically lack the resources that help to meet the health challenges that coincide with living longer. A new study by a team of HAALSI researchers, including Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman and faculty member Stephen … Continue reading “A first look at cardiovascular disease among an older (and newer) population”

Up-to-date details on aging South African population experiencing dramatic demographic shift

A cohort of adults aged 40 and over living in rural South Africa is the focus of Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI). A cohort profile published in the International Journal of Epidemiology shares details of the study which is aimed at shedding light on the … Continue reading “Up-to-date details on aging South African population experiencing dramatic demographic shift”

Measuring frailty—a key predictor of mortality and morbidity in higher income countries—in the now aging South African population

A team of researchers affiliated with HAALSI, a project focused on the aging population in South Africa, has published a study in BMC Geriatrics that finds frailty to be associated with worse health and well being, and earlier death in an aging, rural South African population.

How do functional abilities of aging population in South Africa compare to those in other LMICs?

Researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center have authored a paper based on research from the Health and Aging in Africa: a Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI) study that finds that older South African men had 30% higher odds than women of being limited when it came to performing activities of … Continue reading “How do functional abilities of aging population in South Africa compare to those in other LMICs?”