Longitudinal Study of Older Adults in Mexico (PI: R. Wong)
The MHAS (Mexican Health and Aging Study) is a study of the health of older adults in Mexico using a wide socioeconomic perspective. It includes a longitudinal survey of a national sample of individuals born in 1951 or earlier in Mexico (n=15,000), to study a large number of aspects of older adults’ well being such as physical and mental health, disability, cognition, health behaviors, health expenditures, job history, U.S. migration history, income, insurance, pensions, assets, the built environment, intergenerational transfers, and family and social networks. The study is funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. The baseline survey was conducted in 2001 with re-interviews to the same persons in 2003, and the study has recently received funding to re-interview persons in 2012 and 2014. The study includes an important component of dissemination and data sharing, to foster research on the health of older adults in Mexico with socio-economic and cross-national approaches. The principal investigator is Dr. Rebeca Wong, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and Senior Fellow of the Sealy Center on Aging. Collaborators include researchers from UTMB, the University of Wisconsin and University of Pennsylvania; and from Mexico, the INEGI (Statistical Bureau of Mexico), the InGER (National Institute of Geriatrics), and the INSP (National Institute of Public Health).