The Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The primary aim of LASA has been to study the determinants, trajectories and consequences of physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning in relation to ageing. The following research questions were central to the general LASA framework at the outset.

  • Which changes over time take place in the physical, cognitive, emotional and social components of functioning in older persons?
  • Which predictors of change can be recognized in these components of functioning?
  • How are changes in the four components of functioning interrelated?
  • What are the consequences of changes in functioning in terms of contributions to society, the necessity of adjustment, and the need for care?