Longitudinal Study of Ageing and Health in the Philippines (LSAHP)

The Longitudinal Study of Ageing and Health in the Philippines (LSAHP) is the first nationally representative, multi-actor panel study on aging in the Philippines, with information collected from community-dwelling Filipinos aged 60 and over, their primary or potential caregivers, and their adult children. It is designed to (1) investigate the health status and well-being of older Filipinos and its possible correlates and (2) assess the determinants of and transitions in health status and overall well-being. The baseline survey, conducted in 2018, employed a multistage sampling design with provinces as the primary sampling units, barangays (villages) as the secondary sampling units, and older persons (OP) as the ultimate sampling units. The LSAHP is also the first Philippine aging study to use the Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire (SPMSQ), a cognitive assessment test to determine OP’s eligibility and fitness to answer factual questions.

A total of 5,985 OPs were interviewed, garnering a response rate of 94%, while 5,209 OPs were eligible for interview without a proxy. The LSAHP baseline data provide comprehensive information on the health, economic, and overall well-being of older Filipinos. Successive rounds of the LSAHP will further deepen our understanding of the trajectory of aging in the country, at the individual and societal levels. These data are intended to be a valuable resource in crafting evidence-based policies and programs for the older population in the country. The LSAHP is funded by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and implemented by the Demographic Research and Development Foundation, Inc.