NIA Demography Centers
Conducting new research and training in aging
The Population Reference Bureau: The United States doesn't have the world's oldest population, but relatively high levels of age-related disease could affect the proportion of Americans who become critically ill because of COVID-19.
Older women in the United States continue to live longer than men, on average, but they're spending an increasing share of their later years living with a disability, research suggests.
Sarah A. Tishkoff (U Penn) et al. argue for the need to have more diverse populations in studies of genetic association with disease. Most studies of this type have focused on Europeans, they said, adding that "this European bias has important implications for risk prediction of diseases across global populations."
Lisa Berkman (Harvard) examines ties between an individual's social connections and their health and longevity, noting comparisons of social social isolation and other major mortality risk factors, like smoking. Also, eating together with people in your social circles can have its benefits, said Berkman.
Brian E. McGarry, Nicole Maestas, and David C. Grabowski concluded, in an article published in the journal Health Affairs, found that inefficiencies in an internet-based Medicare tool called "The Plan Finder" used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help beneficiaries identify a preferred plan, may be resulting in consumers not choosing the lowest cost plans that fit their needs.
Center on Biodemography and Population Health (CPBH)
About the Centers
The 11 NIA-funded Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging foster research initiatives through funding pilot projects, developing and promoting new data resources, and supporting research networks, scholarly activities and events, and the recruitment of new researchers to the field of aging. MORE...
Today's Research on Aging represents new work from the Centers in a series of accessible articles.