Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study

Overview

Acronym
VA NAS
Website
VA NAS
Investigators
  • Dr. Avron Spiro III
    Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Dr. Carolyn Aldwin
    Oregon State University
  • Dr. David Almeida
    The Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. Daniel Mroczek
    Northwestern University
Contacts
  • Dr. Avron Spiro III
    Veterans Administration Medical Center

General Design

Study design
Cohort
Start Year
1963
General Information on Follow Up (profile, frequency)

Originally, participants reported every 3 years (age 52 or older) or 5 years (younger than age 52) for their exam. Since 1986, a 3-year interval has been used for all men. In the month before their scheduled exam, men are mailed a packet of surveys to complete and bring with them to their exam.

Recruitment Target
  • Individuals
Number of Participants
2,280
Number of Participants with Biological Samples
2,280

Access

Availability of data and biosamples

Possible Access to Data
Possible Access to Biosamples
Other

Marker Paper

Bell B, Rose CL, Damon H. The Normative Aging Study: an interdisciplinary and longitudinal study of health and aging. Aging and Human Development, 1972; 3: 5-17.

Supplementary Information

Access to data is by request to the PI’s and is considered on a case-by-case basis. The data are not publicly available.

 

Second marker paper:

Bossé, R., Ekerdt, D., & Silbert, J. (1984).  The Veterans Administration Normative Aging Study.  In S. A. Mednick, M. Harway, & K. M. Finello (Eds.), Handbook of longitudinal research:  Vol 2.  Teenage and adult cohorts (pp. 273-289).  New York:  Praeger.

Timeline

Population

NAS population

Selection Criteria

Gender
Men only
Countries
  • United States of America
Territory

Boston area

Health Status
  • Initially healthy

Sample Size

Number of Participants
2,280
Number of Participants with Biological Samples
2,280

Individual Studies Included

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Harmonization Projects Included

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Networks

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Datasets

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