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Research Databases

Health and Nutrition National Survey, (Encuesta Nacional de Salud y Nutricion): is a national survey from the National System of Health Surveys in Mexico. The database is the fusion of two previous surveys: ENSA 2000 and ENA 1999, health and nutrition surveys. The purpose of ENSANUT is to collect data on health, nutrition, and the health system among Mexicans.

Health and Retirement Study (HRS): is a longitudinal study of health and aging over more than 22,000 Americans over 50 years old. The study is conducted by the University of Michigan and it is available for researchers and analysts.

Health, Well-being, and Aging in Latin American Countries and the Caribbean (SABE), (Salud, Bienestar y Envejecimiento en América Latina y el Caribe): is a cross-sectional survey on health and aging conducted in the following countries: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Uruguay. A version of the data can be consulted at the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)

Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (H-EPESE): is a longitudinal study of elderly Mexican American Health. The recollection of data started on 1993; the focus of the study is on health status and health care needs of Mexican American elderly. A version of the data can be consulted at the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)

Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS): is prospective panel study of health and aging in Mexico. The baseline survey, with national and urban/rural representation of adults born in 1951 or earlier, was conducted in the summer of 2001 and a follow-up was fielded in the summer of 2003. Current plans are to conduct another two follow-up surveys in 2012 and 2014. A list of publications and research projects related to the MHAS is available here.

National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA): is the largest library of electronic data on aging in the United States. The NACDA was funded by the National Institute on Aging at the University of Michigan. Its main purpose is to acquire and preserve data relevant to aging research.

Resources and Networks

BDSocial (Spanish | English) is a public access site and digital collection that integrates Information and Datasets about Mexico. The objective is to provide an useful tool for analysis and dissemination of socio-economic information. BDSocial integrates in its collection datasets and technical documents of surveys generated in the country, partly or totally financed by public funds, over the past years. Additionally, there are survey projects created from academic institutions and civil society organizations in order to promote their dissemination. Each different dataset survey is presented through a simple and homogeneous structure as well as questionnaires, technical sheets and the syntax for using the data.

Central American Center of Population, Costa Rica (Centro Centroamericano de Poblacion, CCP) The CCP is a research center at the Universidad de Costa Rica founded in 1993. The center is designed to enhance population research, training and data dissemination. The center has studied aspects of the Central American population, its actual and past demographic profile. A major area of research is aging.

Healthy Older Adults, Aging and Health in the Americas Portal helps create a network of people and institutions committed to the health and welfare of the elderly in the region through comprehensive services appropriate to their needs. The portal contributes with values, philosophy and the content of the fundamentals and methods of the scientific knowledge as epistemic principle of aging in the region. It also, provides tools and components that will help achieve the objectives and priorities for a healthy aging population in the Americas, integrating a public health perspective.

Institute of Aging, Colombia (Instituto de Envejecimiento) The institute is one of the research centers at the Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. Its main purpose is to contribute in multidisciplinary aspects to the care of older adults. Since the elderly population is growing faster in less-developed countries, their need for better care is crucial. The purpose of the institute is to develop tools to provide better care focus and a better quality of life for older adults in Colombia and Latin America. The WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center has established collaborating research with this center mainly in the neurological aspects of aging. To contact the institute write to: envejecimiento@javeriana.edu.co

National Institute of Geriatrics, Mexico (Instituto Nacional de Geriatria, INGer) The Institute of Geriatrics seeks to contribute to the strengthening of Mexico's National Health System, through research and the education of human resources aimed at the elderly, a segment of the population which is constantly growing. The institute also aims to become a point of reference for various lines of research in cooperation with a number of health and social security institutions, specialized and reference hospitals, and public assistance organisms.

National Institute of Public Health, Mexico (Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, INSP) The National Institute of Public Health in Mexico (INSP) is dedicated to the research and study of public health issues of Mexico. The institute looks forward to better health practitioners and a health system with access for all to primary care. The INSP is the national institute responsible for national surveys in health. The objective has been to collect consistent, reliable information in health and nutrition at regular intervals.



Dr. Rebeca Wong
August 2015: Congratulations to WHO/PAHO Director Dr. Wong on receipt of NIA Grant for Mexican Cognitive Aging Ancillary Study

The project applies an in-depth assessment of cognitive impairment to a sub-sample of the MHAS cohort in Mexico in 2016, to estimate dementia prevalence in the population of older adults in Mexico. There will be similar assessments that will be applied in harmonization across several countries.


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