The Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam: cohort update 2016 and major findings

  • Emiel Hoogendijk Emiel Hoogendijk
  • Bianca Suanet Bianca Suanet
  • Dorly Deeg Dorly Deeg
  • Fleur Thomese Fleur Thomese
  • Hannie Comijs Hannie Comijs
  • Jan Poppelaars Jan Poppelaars
  • Marjolein Broese van Groenou Marjolein Broese van Groenou
  • Marjolein Visser Marjolein Visser
  • Marleen van der Horst Marleen van der Horst
  • Martijn Huisman Martijn Huisman
  • Natasja van Schoor Natasja van Schoor
  • Roeline Pasman Roeline Pasman
  • Theo van Tilburg Theo van Tilburg

The Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA) is an ongoing longitudinal study of older adults in the Netherlands, which started in 1992. LASA is focused on the determinants, trajectories and consequences of physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning. The study is based on a nationally representative sample of older adults aged 55 years and over. The findings of the LASA study have been reported in over 450 publications so far (see In this article we describe the background and the design of the LASA study, and provide an update of the methods. In addition, we provide a summary of the major findings from the period 2011–2015.

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a thinktank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe.


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