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Description: A cross-national survey on health, well-being and aging in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comparable surveys were conducted in the capitol cities of Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, and Uruguay.

Coverage: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay.


  • Demographics/background characteristics
  • Cognitive evaluation
  • Health status
  • Functional status
  • Medicines
  • Use and accessibility of services
  • Social support network and transfers
  • Work history and income sources
  • Housing characteristics
  • Anthropometry
  • Mobility and flexibility

Age Range of Sample: 60 and over

Sample Size:
Buenos Aires, Argentina – 1039
Bridgetown, Barbados – 1508, 345 partners were interviews additionally
Sao Paulo, Brazil – 2143, added a convenience sample of 576 people older than 75
Santiago, Chile – 1306
Havana, Cuba – 1905
Mexico City, Mexico – 1311
Montevideo, Uruguay – 1444

Years of data collection: 1999/2000

Data Availability: Publicly available; registration required to download data

Data & Documentation Links:
University of Wisconsin, SABE
National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

Alberto Palloni
Martha Pelaez