The Program on Global Aging, Health, and Policy at the Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) conducts and supports research on aging, health and well-being of older people around the world. Our mission is to enhance the understanding of older adults’ health and well-being to contribute to evidence-based policy formulation. In close collaboration with leading researchers around the world, we seek to contribute to advance science through collecting and analyzing data on aging, health, and socioeconomic status as well as building and disseminating user-friendly population data files and tools to facilitate research on global aging.
The Gateway to Global Aging Data is a data and information platform for population survey data on aging around the world. This site offers a digital library of survey questions, a search engine for finding concordance information across surveys and across waves, and easy-to-use harmonized data for cross-country and longitudinal analysis.
The Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI) is a nationally representative survey of older persons in India, with emphasis on their health, social situations, and economic circumstances. The biennial survey collects face-to-face interview and biomarker data on over 70,000 respondents representative of the nation, as well as of all its states and union territories.
The Harmonized Diagnostic Assessment of Dementia, DAD, is an in-depth study of cognitive aging and dementia for a sub-sample of the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI). This hospital-based study aims to estimate the prevalence of dementia and mild cognitive impairment and to contribute to a better understanding of the determinants of late-life cognition, cognitive aging, and dementia.