Reassessing aging

World Population Program (POP) scientists contributed to a growing body of research on defining new measures of aging based on human characteristics and demonstrated how such a test could be used as a measure for aging to compare different population groups.

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Through a new project funded by a European Research Council (ERC) grant, POP scientists Sergei Scherbov and Warren Sanderson show that strength of hand grip corresponds to other markers of aging such as future mortality, disability, cognitive decline, and ability to recover from hospital stays [1]. The study, which also demonstrates how such a test could be used as a measure for aging to compare different population groups, contribute to a growing body of research on defining new measures of aging based on human characteristics. Sanderson and Scherbov reviewed findings from over 50 published studies around the world for their research. 

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[1] Sanderson WC, Scherbov S (2013). The characteristics approach to the measurement of population aging. Population and Development Review, 39(4),673-685.


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