AUSTRALIAN COHORT AND LONGITUDINAL STUDIES

 

 

The Melbourne Longitudinal Studies on
Healthy Ageing Program

Study aims

The Melbourne Longitudinal Studies on Healthy Ageing (MELSHA) Program is an ongoing population-based longitudinal study of 1000 people aged 65 year and over living in Melbourne, Australia. Participants have been followed up every 2 years since 1994.

It consists of a series of four linked studies: Health and Service Pathways in the “Old-Old” (HOOP); Functional Ageing, Health and Services (FAHS), Health, Behaviours and Outcomes of Older Australians (HBOA), and the Health Status of Older People (HSOP) project. The overall aim of the program is to examine predictors and consequences of healthy ageing across time in older adults.

Status

Ongoing

Year commenced

1994

No. follow up

9

Timeframes

Every 2 Years

Baseline sample size

1000

Sampling

Aged 65 and over living in non-institutional settings in Melbourne

Gender

Both

Content

HSOP: medical conditions, fall and injuries, confusion, pain, medication, mental health, health behaviours, wellbeing, service use; HBOA: health behaviour change, functional ageing, health, service outcomes; FAHS: disability onset, service use, entry to residential care; HOOP: usage patterns and predictors of health and community services and their impacts on quality of life.

Data collection

Face-to-face and telephone interviews to gather data on health, health behaviours and service use; clinical examinations to measure height, weight, eyesight and hearing; brief follow up mail surveys.

Type of dementia

Dementia

Cognitive assessment

HSOP: Organic Brain Syndrome Scale

HOOP: MMSE, WAIS-R, Boston Naming Test, Trail Making Test

Location of research

Melbourne, Victoria

Contact person

Professor Colette Browning

Contact details

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Web address

med.monash.edu.au/sphc/haru/melsha/

Funding agencies

HSOP, VicHealth, HBOA, NHMRC, FAHS: NHMRC, HOOP: NHMRC

Data availability

-