Canada’s largest study on aging releases first report on cognition

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In its first report released on memory and cognition, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) has shown the performance of CLSA participants is similar to what has been observed in previous studies of cognition conducted in both French and English, lending support to the use of the CLSA cognitive measures in large, epidemiological studies of aging.

The research, published in the The Clinical Neuropsychologist, found in a preliminary assessment of 20,000 Canadians between the ages of 45 and 85 that cognitive ability declined gradually across the youngest age group to the oldest age group. The results were no different for men or women or whether they were English- or French-speaking.  

“These preliminary findings underscore the potential of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging,” said Dr. Holly Tuokko, a professor of psychology at the University of Victoria and lead author of the study. “What we have observed is that the CLSA cognitive measures are generating results that are comparable to previous studies, but with far larger sample sizes.”

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