Healthy ageing: from epidemiology to policy. Challenges and updates from the ATHLOS project
21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. July 23rd-27th, 2017 in San Francisco, California.
Individual talks July 26, 4:00 – 5:30 PM by Athlos researchers:
- Overview of the ATHLOS project (Beatriz Olaya Guzman)
- Healthy ageing and determinants – a review of the evidence (Matthew Prina)
- Data harmonization of longitudinal studies on healthy ageing: the ATHLOS project (Albert Sanchez Niubo)
- Development of the analytical methods (Demosthenes Panagiotakos)
- Policy & knowledge translation in the ATHLOS project (Martin Bobak)
ATHLOS aims to identify healthy ageing trajectories, the main determinants, the time when changes in trajectories are produced, and to propose timely interventions to optimise healthy ageing. Moreover, a new definition of ‘old age’ based on many characteristics rather than just chronological age will be used for calculating projections and guide policy recommendations. A harmonised dataset with over 341,000 individuals from existing longitudinal studies of ageing will be created, including information on physical and mental health, life styles, social environment, among others. A single metric of healthy ageing using Item Response Theory will be used. Trajectories will be defined with techniques such as Structural Equation Modelling or Growth Curve Mixture Modelling and cohort effects using Age Period Cohort. Interventions both at the clinical and population level will be designed based on our results. Finally, the impact of those interventions on healthy ageing will be assessed with micro-simulations.