PERSIAN Elderly Cohort
The Elderly component of the PERSIAN Cohort, also known as “Iranian Longitudinal Study on Ageing” (IRILSA), is a comprehensive assessment of the different aspects of ageing, monitoring the changes in health and well-being, and assessment of different needs during the ageing transition. The PERSIAN Elderly Cohort has launched in the city of Neyshabour (Razavi Khorasan) and was later conducted in three other locations: Tabriz, Guilan and Ardakan.
Data is collected on a wide range of different factors including economic, social, psychological, cognitive, health, biological and genetic factors.
General Objectives of the PERSIAN Elderly Cohort are as followed:
- To describe accurately the socioeconomic status, health and wellbeing of older people
- To monitor the changes in health and well-being, and assessment of different needs during the ageing transition (by forming a longitudinal database including a range of socioeconomic, behavioral, environmental factors, health care access and biomarkers)
- To identify the demographic, socioeconomic and health related factors of physical and mental health, social engagement/ exclusion among the old
- To explore the relationship/interrelationship between a range of risk factors/protective factors on healthy ageing and longevity
- To identify the high risk groups to target the preventive strategies and individualized care
- To identify the basic infrastructure needs (social needs, home care,…) in order to initiate a new/ improve the current system for old population in Iran
The main outcomes of interest in the PERSIAN Elderly Cohort include:
- Morbidity/multi-morbidity of and mortality from common chronic diseases
- Hospitalization and institutionalism
- Changes in health needs over time