Is social capital valuable in protecting cognitive function in lower-resource settings such as rural South Africa?

While theories about the connection between strong social supports and better cognitive health among an aging population are well established in higher resource settings (high income, high education levels), less … Continue reading “Is social capital valuable in protecting cognitive function in lower-resource settings such as rural South Africa?”

How can diabetes be more accurately diagnosed in an aging South African population?

Two of the most common tests for diagnosing diabetes (fasting plasma glucose and HbA1c) don’t always yield the same result, and researchers affiliated with the research study Health and Aging … Continue reading “How can diabetes be more accurately diagnosed in an aging South African population?”

Impact of traumatic events earlier in life still registers among older cohort in rural South Africa

Researchers affiliated with a longitudinal study on aging in South Africa (HAALSI) have published a paper that examines the impact of traumatic events experienced earlier in the life course on … Continue reading “Impact of traumatic events earlier in life still registers among older cohort in rural South Africa”

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 … 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 … Continue reading “HIV treatment programs linked to better cardiometabolic health indicators in South African patients”

Immediate eligibility of ART lowers household-level incidence of HIV by over 40%

A study finds that early eligibility of antiretroviral therapy substantially lowered HIV incidence among HIV-uninfected household members in rural South Africa. The team of researchers who published the findings includes … Continue reading “Immediate eligibility of ART lowers household-level incidence of HIV by over 40%”

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

CVD risk management varies in South Africa by gender, socioeconomic & disability status

A study just out by a team of HAALSI researchers finds that in South Africa cardiovascular disease risk is not being managed as well for women, those of lower socioeconomic … Continue reading “CVD risk management varies in South Africa by gender, socioeconomic & disability status”