DRDF conducts first longitudinal study on aging in the Philippines

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The number of older people in the Philippines is the fastest growing sector in the country, accounting currently for seven (7%) percent of the total population and is projected to increase to 16 percent by 2045. Such trends are inevitable due to improvements in health and longevity, but with it also comes issues such an their frailty, age-related health problems and increasing disabilities.

With the growing population, the Philippine government has initiated intervention measures that help promote the older persons’ wellbeing. Philippine laws and regulations are currently being implemented that provide several benefits to older people yet, to further improve these measures, new findings particularly in the context of the emerging demographic reality of aging in the Philippines must be collected, such as information on social security, pension schemes, as well as government funded elderly infrastructure such as old age homes and geriatric clinics.

The 2018 Longitudinal Study of Aging and Health in the Philippines (2018 LSAHP) will be the first nationally representative longitudinal study on aging to be conducted in the Philippines. The study is designed primarily to (1) investigate the health status and wellbeing of the Filipino elderly, and its possible correlates; and (2) assess the determinants of health status and transitions in health status. The wealth of data to be provided by the longitudinal study will allow a better understanding of the changes and transitions experienced by older people over time including assessment of the precursors and risk factors related to diseases, death and the general well-being of older people. Such will be of great value to policymakers, health professionals, organizations providing services for the elderly, and those working in the fields of gerontology and geriatrics.

The Demographic Research and Development Foundation, Inc. proposed for the conduct of this study, and has partnered with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) for its funding. The study is expected to start this September 2018, lasting for four years until 2022.