University of Michigan

MiCDA is an interdisciplinary community of scholars from across the University of Michigan with a shared interest in the demography of aging. MiCDA affiliates pioneer the collection of innovative data for study of the demography of aging and lead major surveys on aging. MiCDA affiliates are accelerating understanding of the changing demography of late-life disability and dementia and family caregiving and identifying factors over the life course that shape disparities in health and wellbeing in later life. MiCDA’s activities promote pilot research and bring networks of researchers together to form new collaborations; provide junior faculty with career development opportunities; and make available to researchers data that require secure handling..

Research Themes
Biology, genetics and demography of aging; Cognitive aging and the demography of dementia; Determinants of health, well-being and longevity; Disability, health care and long-term care; Health trends and disparities; Health and well-being in later life; Aging, genetics and social science; Survey measurement and methods; Family caregiving to older adults.

Pilot Projects

  • 2019. Frederick Conrad. Surveying Older Populations using Video Communication Technologies.


  • 2019. Neika Sharifian. The Cognitive Costs and Benefits of Social Technology use in Older Adulthood.


  • 2019. Noah J. Webster. Housing Context and Functional Health Among Lower Income Older Adults: The Mediating Role of Social Resources.


  • 2018. Kristine Ajrouch. Measuring Alzheimer's Disease in Arabic-Speaking Populations.


  • 2018. Joshua Ehrlich. Vision Impairment, Participation and Subjective Wellbeing in Older Adults.


  • 2018. Sela Panapasa. The prevalence, distribution and correlates of disability and comorbidity in the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander aging population: results of a population-based study.


  • 2017. Neil Mehta. How do socioeconomic status, behaviors, and age interact to produce death risks?.


  • 2017. Courtney Polenick, Kira Birditt, Helen Kales. Multimorbidity Patterns in Aging Couples: Longitudinal Associations with Functional Disability.


  • 2017. Melissa Wei. Chronic diseases and physical functioning: development and validation of an ICD-coded multimorbidity indext.


  • 2017. Laura Zahodne. Cognitive resilience to depressive symptoms in diverse older adults.


  • 2016. Christine Cigolle. Rural Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment and Chronic Disease: A Mixed Methods Study of Social and Health Factors in Their Care.


  • 2016. Philippa J. Clarke. Muscle weakness among older adults: A silent epidemic.


  • 2016. Lauren Schmitz, Erin Bakshis Ware. Demographic and socioeconomic differences in polygenic risk of cardiovascular health in the Health and Retirement Study.


  • 2016. Cindy Lustig. Cholinergic genetic effects on health and cognition in older adults: Longitudinal analysis.


  • 2015. Martha J. Bailey, C. Hoyt Bleakley. Changes in Health and Longevity over the 20th Century: Evidence from North Carolina.


  • 2015. Jessica Faul, Colter Mitchell. The Effects of Collection Procedures on Telomere Length.


  • 2015. Pamela Giustinelli. Understanding Uncertainty in Older Adults' Reports of Expectations: An Application to Long-Term Care Preferences.


  • 2014. Sarah Burgard. Understanding Recent Change in Gender Differences in Life Expectancy among Adults in Wealthy Countries.


  • 2014. Helen Levy, Kenneth M. Langa. Cognitive ability and awareness of hypertension in older Americans.


  • 2014. Colter Mitchell. Applying Whole Genome data to Common Social Science Issues.


  • 2013. Fabian T. Pfeffer. Do Grandma And Grandpa Matter? Uncovering the importance of the elderly for the socio-economic wellbeing of descendants.


  • 2013. Amelia Karraker, Robert F. Schoeni. Psychological Human Capital and Mortality across the Life Course: Evidence from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.


  • 2013. Pearl Lee. Physical Activity among U.S. Adults with Diabetes and Prediabetes, 2006-2010.


  • 2013. Vicki Freedman. Translating a telephone instrument to the web: development of best practices.


  • 2012. Kenzie Latham, Philippa J. Clarke. Socioeconomic Disparities of Participation and Time Use among Disabled Older Americans.


  • 2012. Mary McEniry. Early Life Family and Community Environment and Older Adult Health: Linking US Census Data from the Early 20th Century with Puerto Rican Survey Data.


  • 2012. Lauren Nicholas. Patient Long-Term Outcomes and Public Reporting of Hospital Quality.


  • 2012. Carey Sherman. Intergenerational Support and Caregiving in Late Life: The Role of Stepfamily.


  • 2011. Arline T. Geronimus. Is the error in telomere length measurement introduced by EBV-immortalization of DNA random or systematic?: A Pilot Feasibility Study.


  • 2011. Lauren Nicholas, Cassandra Dorius. Will Changing Trends in Marriage Hurt Medicare?.


  • 2011. Robert Stawski. Stressful Experiences in the Health and Retirement Study: Prevalence and Associations with Mental and Physical Health.


  • 2011. Melvin Stephens. Caloric Intake Changes at Retirement: Evolution Over Time.


  • 2010. Christine T. Cigolle. Cognitive Impairment and Frailty in the Older Adult Population: Do the Outcomes Differ?.


  • 2010. Gwenith Fisher. Work Ability Among Older Workers in the HRS.


  • 2010. Deborah Lowry. Management of Old-Age Chronic Illness/Disease in Rural and Urban China.


  • 2010. Lauren Nicholas. Economic Effects of Treatment Intensity: Elective Surgery, Paid and Unpaid Work.


  • 2010. Amy M. Pienta, George C. Alter, James McNally. Retirement in the 1950s: Rebuilding a Longitudinal Database.


  • 2010. Mary Beth Ofstedal, John Bound. Comparative Study of Physical Measures and Biomarkers in HRS and Its Sister Studies.


  • 2010. David Lam, Rebecca L. Thornton. Living Arrangements of the Elderly and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.


  • 2009. Arline T. Geronimus, Jay Pearson. Gender Differences in Stress-Mediated Wear and Tear with Age among Mexican Immigrants to the U.S.


  • 2008. William Axinn, Dirgha Ghimire. Social Change, HIV/AIDS, and Elderly Health and Well-Being in Nepal.


  • 2008. Kathleen Ford. HIV testing and Sexual Behavior among Older Thai Adults.


  • 2008. John E. Knodel. Older-age Parents and AIDS in the ERA of ART, the Case of Thailand.


  • 2008. David Lam, Murray Leibbrandt, Cally Ardington. The Impact of Illness and Death of Adult Children on the Elderly in South Africa.


  • 2008. Mark Padilla, Haile Rhawa. Illness Narratives among Aging PLWHA in New York City.


  • 2007. Toni Antonucci, Hiroko Akiyama, Kristine Ajrouch. Gender and Social Relations Across the Life Course in a Middle Eastern Cultural Context.



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