The health of Saudi older adults; results from the Saudi National Survey for Elderly Health (SNSEH) 2006–2015

Abdullah T. Khoja, Mohammad H. Aljawadi, Sulaiman A. Al-Shammari, Ashry G. Mohamed, Hamad A. Al-Manaa, Laura Morlock, Saifuddin Ahmed, Tawfik A.M. Khoja

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Objectives To Describe the Saudi older adult (SOA) characteristics and Introduce the Saudi National Survey for Elderly Health (SNSEH). Methods The SNSEH, a population-based nationally-representative survey, was used. Subjects were included in 2006–2007, using random-cluster sampling utilizing probability proportional to size approach, and followed-up to determine their vital status until June 2015. In the analyses, survey weights were incorporated. Parametric, non-parametric and logistic regression were used. Cox-proportional hazard regression was used to determine gender effects on mortality. Results We included 2,946 SOA. The mean age was 70.1(SD = 0.3). Around, 70% were illiterate. Almost 50% had monthly income of 2500 (2007-Saudi-Riyals). The most reported diseases were hypertension, diabetes and joints pain. The most reported medications were over the counter, antidiabetics and antihypertensive. The nine-years age-adjusted death hazard was 42% higher in SOA males. Conclusion This is an introductory paper for a series of papers that describe SOA health. These efforts will help in guiding the development of a national healthcare model for SOA, evidence-based health policies and public intervention programs that address SOA health-related issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-300
Number of pages9
JournalSaudi Pharmaceutical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2018


  • Elderly
  • Geriatric
  • Medications
  • National
  • Saudi Arabia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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