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The mission of the Global Aging and Community Initiative is to create new knowledge focused on the health and well-being of older persons worldwide through collaborative research across a broad global scientific community. The Initiative is supported by the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and housed at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Funded Projects

Linking Spirituality and Religiosity to Life and Health Expectancy: A Global Comparative Study, supported by the John Templeton Foundation

Health and Aging Post Conflict: War’s Enduring Effects Among Survivors in Vietnam (R01AG052537), supported by the National Institute on Aging

Latest News and Announcements

Preliminary Testing begins in Vietnam

Dr. Zimmer met with his team in Vietnam where their study of the long-term impact of war on aging in Vietnam has gotten under way with preliminary testing of the survey. The results of the preliminary test will allow the team to revise their survey and begin collecting data in earnest beginning in March, 2018.

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Presentation at Academia Sinica

On December 11, 2017, Dr. Chi-Tsun Chiu, a collaborator on the Linking Spirituality and Religiosity to Life and Health Expectancy project, presented a paper entitled, “How do Multiple Dimensions of Religiosity Associate with Total and Disability-Free Life Expectancy among Older Adults in Taiwan?” at the Institute of Statistical Science at Academia Sinica.

Workshop presentation on pain prevalence

On December 8, 2017, Dr. Zimmer presented at a workshop sponsored by the ADDAPT working group (Addressing Disparities in the Distribution and Assessment of Pain and Its Treatments) of ACTTION. The presentation was entitled, “A Comparative Look at Pain Prevalence – Europe and Canada”.

REVES 2018 conference website now live

The “REVES@30 : Past, Present, and Future Trends in Population Health” site is now live as part of the Global Aging and Community website. The conference is organized by Dr. Zachary Zimmer and Dr. Mary Beth Ofstedal, and will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan from May 30-June 1, 2018.

SSM-Population Health paper out for one year

Spirituality, Religiosity, Aging and Health in Global Perspective” has been well-cited in its first year since being published in the December 2016 SSM-Population Health Journal.

Presentations at IUSSP’s IPC

Two papers were presented at the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population’s 2017 International Population Conference in Cape Town, South Africa that took place Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 2017 as part of the Linking Spirituality and Religiosity to Life and Health Expectancy project. Zachary Zimmer presented the paper “Multiple measures of religiosity and health: A global comparative study” and Mary Beth Ofstedal presented the poster entitled “Religion, Life Expectancy and Active Life Expectancy in the United States”.