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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

Co-PI. 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

New article published in Asian Population Studies

In September, Dr. Zimmer’s paper entitled, “Migration and left-behind parents and children of migrants in Cambodia: a look at household composition and the economic situation,” was published in Asian Population Studies. The paper was co-authored by M. Van Natta, a doctoral candidate at UCSF.

Linking Spirituality and Religiosity to Life and Health Expectancy team publishes new work

The project team‘s paper on religion, life expectancy and disability-free life expectancy among older women and men in the Unites States was recently accepted for publication in The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. Follow the link to read the accepted manuscript: https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gby098.

CARExpert Programme talk and workshop at Duke-NUS Medical School

In August 2018, Dr. Zimmer presented a talk entitled, “A Global Comparative Study of Religiosity and Health” at Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore. He also led a multilevel model workshop entitled “Introduction to Using Multilevel Models for Contextual Cross-Sectional Research” at the Centre for Ageing Research and Education (CARE).

Disability-Free Life Expectancy Calculator now live!

After much anticipation, the research team of the Linking Spirituality and Religiosity to Life and Health Expectancy: A Global Comparative Study has launched the Disability-Free Life Expectancy Calculator. The DFLE Calculator is based on results obtained from an analysis of data from the Health and Retirement Study conducted in the United States. Try it out now by clicking here.

Data Collection begins in Vietnam

The study of the long-term impact of war on aging in Vietnam is now underway and began collecting preliminary data in February. The team returned to Vietnam in early May to collect biomarker data and conduct interviews. We look forward to what the results of this data collection will bring.

Thank you to Kim Korinek for the photos.

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