Lebanon Study on Aging and HeAlth (LSAHA) offers the first rich and multi-disciplinary data resource on aging and cognitive health in Lebanon
Launched in 2020, LSAHA is a collaborative work between the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut and the
University of Michigan. Its overarching aim is to enhance the circumstances of older adults in a context of few resources to, eventually, render aging a better experience in Lebanon.
LSAHA is a representative, longitudinal study that will follow approximately 3000 individuals aged ≥ 60 years old for at least two years. The study will collect information on the mental, physical, and cognitive health as well as the social and economic challenges in a baseline survey. The baseline survey is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and it is conducted in collaboration between the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut and the University of Michigan.
LSAHA study will:
- provide new information on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) and its risk factors.
- investigate the care needs of affected older adults.
- establish research capacity in Lebanon to pursue the longitudinal follow-up of this cohort and future observational and intervention studies aimed at reducing the burden of ADRD in Lebanon and the Middles East and North Africa (MENA) region more generally.
- offer evidence-based data to inform Lebanese policies and programs about factors that could potentially improve the situation of elderly and improve the quality of services in later life.