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European Challenge of Healthy Ageing

This study was launched in 2002 as the first of our surveys focusing on aging in families. The study was part of a European project financed by the EU. The study was performed in three European regions: Denmark, Italy and France. The participants in the study were very old people (ages between 95 and 105), offspring of their older/younger siblings and one of their own children. Data collection was finalized in June 2004.

The aim of the study was to compare the health of the oldest-old in the three regions mentioned to assess the health and functional capacity of their offspring and to identify and examine biomarkers of aging that might be associated with better health in old age.

The data were grouped in the following categories: Family Information, Education, Occupation, Psychological and Physical Health, Medications, Hospitalizations, Activities of Daily Living (ADL), Living Habits and Depression (GDS) symptomatology. Physical ability was tested by means of Chair Stand Test, Gait Speed Test and Grip Strength Test. Anthropometric measures were captured and Folstein Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) was performed. In addition, blood for biological variables was drawn.

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