Eastern Mediterranean Aging study EM-AGE
Despite the evident need for the understanding of the aging process and its determinants, there is still a large gap of know-how, in the region, in order to: collect necessary data, do the appropriate analyses, and transform the results into practical policy advice based on solid evidence.
Eastern Mediterranean aging (EM-age) is the first prospective cohort research study that follows the aging journey of individuals from the Eastern Mediterranean region over 10 years of their lives. The project aims to collect data from 3000 participants from 3 different countries about their health, occupation, environment, and socioeconomic changes over the years as well as the onset or lack thereof of disease.
Creating awareness for the current situation (lack of accurate data) and making the first steps to change it.
- To provide training for academic staff and graduate students in partner countries in order to build the necessary capacity to analyze aging-related longitudinal data. This encompasses training in aging-related substantive research as well as methodological training in survey design using the established Technical University of Munich and the Survey of Health and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) surveys of Greece and Cyprus as examples (summer schools and workshops).
- To prepare a suitable model to initiate a SHARE sister study in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon (development and validation projects).
- To promote cooperation between consortium members for the development of surveying techniques, approaches, and materials that fit the cultural and social aspects in the region (mobility).
To empower researchers in the field of aging.
To have a longitudinal aging study in the Middle East that is HRS harmonized