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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
General population-based cohort


Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 2006 - present 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 75319  
Estimated Current Sample Size  
Age at Recruitment >60   
Gender Male and Female 

The Belgian Ageing Studies project (BAS) was developed by researchers at the Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and University College Ghent (Hogeschool Gent). Established in the early 2000s, the BAS team engages in the scientific study of the social aspects of ageing.

The aim of the research programme of the Belgian Ageing Studies is to:

  1. Provide an instrument to measure the living conditions and quality of life of older people in Belgian municipalities.
  2. Promote evidence-based policy at the local level by providing input and mobilizing knowledge for planning and inclusive policy programmes.
  3. Support the process of creating age-friendly communities.
  4. Examine trends in particular municipalities by conducting follow-up studies.

Last update – 28/02/2017

Country Belgian 
Contact details
Institution name Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
University College Ghent (Hogeschool Gent) 
Principal Investiator (PI) Professor Liesbeth De Donder 
Contact email [email protected] 
Contact phone number +32 (0) 26292531 
Address Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Department of Educational Sciences
Pleinlaan 2 - 1050
Funders (Core support)  

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: Mental health
Funtional rating: N/A
Anthropometric: N/A
Physical: Hearing and Vision
Biological samples: N/A
Genotyping: N/A
Brain imaging: N/A
Brain banking: N/A
Lifestyle: Physical activity
Socio-economic: Education, Ethnic group, Family circumstances, Housing and accommodation, Income and finances, Informal support, Marital status, Occupation and employment, Unpaid care
Health service utilisation: Formal health and social care service utilisation including private care
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