Focusing on the elderly from 1984 onwards
Because the cohorts of the Seven Countries Study and the general population were growing older, a decision was made to follow the increasingly older cohorts to study aging in the elderly – and its associations with various factors including diet and lifestyle.
The small cohort of survivors in Zutphen was supplemented with a new community sample of the same age. Thus, new studies were started in the elderly with a focus not only on the determinants of cardiovascular disease but also on healthy aging.
The FINE study and the HALE project assessed what healthy aging actually entailed and studied, in particular, the influence of diet, lifestyle and risk factors on different aspects of health.