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2021

Faul, Ware, Langa (MiCDA) et al examine the relationship between childhood socioeconomic position and cognition in older adults in the US & England

RFP: McKnight Brain Research Foundation Innovator Awards in Cognitive Aging and Memory Loss

NIA Postdoctoral Fellowship Award to Promote Diversity in Translational Research for AD/ADRD

Joseph Gaugler (Minnesota) discusses Improving Health For Older Minnesotans

2 minutes to discover how the well-being of older adults is enhanced by our research on the Demography and Economics of Aging & Alzheimer’s

Key Factors Underlying Racial Disparities in Health Between Black and White Older Americans (PRB)

Ehrlich, Langa (MiCDA) find Vision impairment (VI) is associated with the development of cognitive impairment no dementia (CIND)

After COVID, research on social isolation and loneliness is needed more than ever

Nancy Hodgson (Penn) wins Catalyst award for project, “Sense4Safety-Supporting Socially Vulnerable Older Adults”

Amy Kind (Wisconsin) leads new UW Center for Health Disparities Research

NHATS searchable bibliography of publications using NHATS and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) now available

Colleen Heflin (Syracuse) will testify before Congress on the Hunger Crisis Among Veterans and Military Families

Network for Data-Intensive Research on Aging (NDIRA) invites membership

Miriam Mutambudzi (Syracuse) selected as a NIMHD 2021 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar

RFA: Pilot Projects from Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer’s (CAPRA)

Kathleen Cagney named new director of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR)

Alfonso Flores-Lagunes (Syracuse) joins the Editorial Board of the Journal of Population Economics

Get the latest round of NIA cleared research concepts on your 2021 radar!

Susan Alberts, Jenny Tung (Duke) et al Find that Chronic Stress in Female Baboons Leads to Early Deaths

Career Opening: Economist & Survey Statistician at The Demographic Research Area, US Census Bureau

Video Introduction: Centers on the Demography & Economics of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Sela Panapasa (MiCDA): Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders have long been overlooked — which the “Asian American” label exacerbates

Dan Lichter (CAPS) named to Census Bureau National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations

NHATS Data Show Older Adults Lack Even Simple, Helpful Equipment (NYT)

Scott Landes (Syracuse) discusses disability data during the pandemic on “Included: The Disability Equity Podcast”

Jun Li (CAPS) received an honorable mention for the John Heinz Dissertation Award

Jenny Tung (CPHA) on the importance of a comparative perspective on when & how social status influences biological aging

Relative invisibility makes for uphill battle to get COVID vaccines for Americans with IDD: Scott Landes (CAPS)

Great Smoky Mountains Study of Rural Aging launched by Dodge & Hotz (Duke)

Addressing global challenges for aging and dementia: NIA joins GEOHealth initiative

Jennifer Karas Montez (CAPS) discusses how US state policies have contributed to life expectancy troubles

Herman Pontzer (Duke) finds lessons on staying healthy from humanity’s past and following the calories

Scott Landes (CAPS) launches the Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Age-at-Death Tracker

Warren, Grodsky, Goosby, Muller et al will use biomarkers to understand how childhood shapes risks of Alzheimer’s

Jacqueline Angel (CAPS) receives 2020 Outstanding Mentor Award from the ASA’s Section on Aging and the Life Course

Shippee & Beebe (LCC) Identifying Domains of Assisted Living Quality for Minnesota’s Assisted Living Report Card

Terrie Moffitt (Duke) reports on improving translation of aging research from mice to humans

Eileen Crimmins (CBPH) discusses social factors associated with poor aging outcomes

Engelman & Malecki (CDHA) comment on US life expectancy decline during the COVID-19 pandemic

Perez, Hodgson, Coe (PARC) awarded R01 to address increasing rates of ADRD among Latinos

Ken Langa (MiCDA) comments on finding that people with dementia are more likely to catch severe COVID-19

Shannon Monnat (CAPS) et al discuss how policies differentially impact population health and aging in rural versus urban populations

Kohler & Penn Population Scientists Win NAM Catalyst Grant Award

Summary Report from the National Research Summit on Care, Services, Support for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers 

Join Clin-STAR’s “Who’s Who” in Aging Research community

Handbook of Aging & Social Sciences, 9th ed. Book Release Celebration, Feb 25

Top tips for early career research grant applications from NIA

Quincy Samus (HEADS) et al Examine Cost-effective Care coordination for People with Dementia At Home

Employment May Slow Memory Decline for Women

Scott Halpern (PARC) named a Hastings Center Fellow

COVID-19 reduced U.S. life expectancy, especially among Black and Latino populations

Landes Describes Progress in Closing the Age-at-Death Disparity for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Quantifying Potentially Avoidable Financial Losses Due to Dementia addressed by Nicholas

Carrie Henning-Smith (LCC) on Meeting The Social Needs Of Older Adults In Rural Areas

NHATS COVID-19 Sample Person (SP) Early-release Beta file is now available

Wolf & Lin report on Division of Parent Care Among Adult Children

Outcomes of Medicaid home- and community-based long-term services relative to nursing home care among dual eligibles

2020

Positive mood in older adults suggests better brain function

Older adults with dementia exhibit financial “symptoms” up to six years before diagnosis

Minnesota’s Network for Data-Intensive Research on Aging (NDIRA)

Zuelsdorff & Knopman discuss New research into Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

Shippee leads study to improve quality of home and community-based services for people with dementia

Wisconsin’s CDHA Welcomes 10 New Affiliates For Fall 2020

Announcing NIA’s New Crop Of Research Concepts!

Many Older Americans Do Not Receive the Recommended Home Health Care After Hospitalization

What Can Economics Say About Alzheimer’s Disease? (NBER working paper)

Help Establish Standard Data Collection Protocols For COVID-19 Research

Study Finds That COVID-19 Is Hitting Older Black And Latinx Persons Hardest

Fingerman Shows That People Who Are More Socially Integrated Are Also More Active Physically

Doing COVID-19 research? These data tools can help!

NIA’s Strategic Directions: Priorities for continued progress

“The Demography of Dementia and Dementia Caregiving” – a new summary from PRB

Cole, Seeman, and Smith comment on Health Impacts of Coronavirus Stress and Fear

Coronavirus Stress and Fear Could Take a Toll on Our Health

Webinar recording and slides available from “Resilience and Reserve: Defining, Refining, and Advancing Research in Aging”

Karlawish et al. write on how the struggles of dementia patients and caregivers are worse with the shutdown

Bloom and Canning (Havard) discuss obtaining better COVID-19 infection data without universal testing by leveraging the American Community Survey (ACS)

Study by Danaei finds women making lifestyle changes even in middle age results in their less likely to have a stroke

Grabowski speaks to coronavirus cases in senior care facilities

Zissimopoulos & Thunell Find Older Adults Living Alone Report Higher Rates of Anxiety and Depression

Older Americans’ Greater Health Problems May Make Them More Vulnerable to COVID-19’s Effects

Study by Dieleman et al. finds low back and neck pain tops US health spending.

What Can We Learn From the World’s Largest Population of Older People? Aging and Health in China

2019

Older Women Live Longer, But With More Disability and Financial Challenges Than Men

PRB article on measuring population aging features researchers from Demography and Economics of Aging Centers at USC/UCLA and the University of Washington

Laura Carstensen (Stanford) quoted in Bloomberg on baby boomers staying in the generational mix

Maria Polyakova (Stanford) et al. found low-income seniors have better health in affluent communities

Alexander Kulminski (Duke) et al. propose new approach to Alzheimer’s research to address environmental risks

Caleb Finch (USC/UCLA) and Alexander Kulminski (Duke) propose the ‘Alzheimer Disease Exposome’ to address environmental risks

Elham Mahmoudi and Kenneth M. Langa (Michigan) find hearing aids linked to lower risk of dementia, depression and falls

Kenneth M. Langa (Michigan) et al. find married people are less likely to develop dementia

Francine Grodstein (Harvard) and coauthors find optimism linked to living longer

Christine Cigolle et al. on establishing the first geriatric medicine fellowship program in Ghana

National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) Extended for PIs Vicki Freedman and Wolff

Fabian T. Pfeffer receives Doris Entwisle Early Career Award from American Sociological Association

Mara Mather (USC/UCLA) et al. find older adults less distracted by negative information

Mark D. Peterson on increased risk of mental health conditions for adults with cerebral palsy

Tamara Dubowitz (RAND) quoted on environment and obesity

Carstensen (Stanford) mentioned in Psychology Today on feeling more positive as we age

Social Security Statement Has Impact, According to Philip Armour (RAND)

Jason Karlawish (U Penn) on inclusive definition on health for older adults

Jason Karlawish (U Penn) on learning genetic risk of Alzheimer’s in WSJ

Kenneth M. Langa (Michigan) et al. on lifestyle changes and dementia

Cacchione (UPenn) quoted in an article about why elderly and older populations are particularly vulnerable in an emergency evacuation

Donovan T. Maust discusses the increasing rate of fatal falls for adults over 75

Kathryn Edwards (RAND) study behaviors of parents who provide financial assistance to unemployed adult children

Colter Mitchell receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Bhattacharya (Stanford) and colleagues find educational attainment reduces heart disease

Studies by Carstensen and Knutson (Stanford) cited in news on saving for the future self

Edward Norton (Michigan) et al. find Medicare Shared Savings Program may not be working as well as thought

Melissa Wei (Michigan) et al. find multimorbidity increase the risk of cognitive decline and suicide

Study by Maestas, Mullen and Powell (RAND) on population aging and economic growth cited in NYT

Jason Schnittker (U-Penn) quoted on self-rated health by older adults

Arline T. Geronimus, John Bound, Timpe et al. find opioid epidemic alone didn’t cause life expectancy decline

Jacqui Smith (Michigan) receives Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award from the Gerontological Society of America

Kira Birditt, Lindsay Ryan (Michigan) and coauthors won Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America

Baby boomers are redefining what aging is, said Jennifer Ailshire (USC/UCLA)

Goodarz Danaei (Harvard) and colleagues find 3 interventions that can prevent 94 million premature death

Study by Linda Aiken and Matthew McHugh (U-Penn) cited in a New York Times article on health care providers

LA Times cites studies by Skolarus (Michigan), Burke (Michigan), Grabowski (Harvard) and colleagues on high out-of-pocket medical costs

Gruber (NBER) interviewed on NBER study on association between early social security claiming and poverty

Carstensen (Stanford) quoted on increasing the odds of high quality longevity

Studies on education level and health outcomes by researchers from Demography and Economics of Aging Centers cited in NYT

Study from USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health links racism to disease risk among African Americans

PRB features researchers from Demography and Economics of Aging Centers on studies of older women’s disability and financial challenges

Amanda Kowalski (Michigan) and John Mullahy (Wisconsin) won 2019 ASHEcon Awards

The case for more diversity in studies of genetic association with disease

Cutler (Harvard & NBER) ‘s work on value of medical spending featured in NYT Upshot

Is a healthy social life a healthier life in general?

Grabowski (Harvard) and Werner (U Penn) comment on federal ratings for rehab care at nursing homes

Donovan T. Maust (Michigan) on survey results from the National Poll on Healthy Aging

Grabowski (Harvard) quoted in NYT

Lisa Berkman (Harvard) on social connections and health

James F. Burke, Lesli E. Skolarus (Michigan) and coauthors find out-of-pocket costs for neurologic medications rise sharply

Research on social interaction and memory loss by Glymour and Berkman (Harvard) in the news

David Grabowski (Harvard) et al. find many middle-income seniors will have insufficient resources

Sarah Tishkoff (U Penn) quoted in Nature article on diversity in genome-wide association studies

Cheryl Damberg (RAND) and coauthors on primary care spending of Medicare beneficiaries

Keeler (RAND) and Damberg (RAND) et al. on reducing low value preoperative care for cataract surgery patients

Jason Karlawish (U Penn) quoted by Associated Press on social cognition and the aging brain

Amy Kind (Wisconsin) Honored with Yoshikawa Award from the American Geriatrics Society

Sarah Tishkoff (U Penn) and colleagues on the missing diversity in human genetic studies

Rachel Werner, Norma Coe (U Penn) et al. study patient outcomes with home care vs skilled nursing facility

David Grabowski (Harvard) testifies before Senate Finance Committee

Joseph Dieleman (Washington) and coauthors on new population aging metric

Murray and Lopez (Washington) won 2018 Gairdner Global Health Award for their work on Global Burden of Disease

Scott Huettel (Duke) and colleagues study saving decision and behavior

Jessica Ho (USC/UCLA) finds overdose death rates highest in US

Poterba (NBER) and Shoven (Stanford & NBER) quoted in Reuters’ report on Brookings Forum on working longer

Cutler (Harvard and NBER) et al. on the slowdown in medical spending growth among the elderly

Sanjay Basu (Stanford) led study finds more primary care physicians associated with longer life expectancy

Cleared Concepts: An early heads-up for savvy scientists seeking funding from NIA

Negativity bias decreases with age, according to Laura Carstensen (Stanford) and co-author

David Cutler (Harvard and NBER) led study on cutting health care costs

John Shoven (Stanford) quoted in Reuters

Maestas and Grabowski find Simpler Plan Finder may help Medicare Part D consumers cut costs

NIA Director outlines aging research in 2019

Grabowski and Cutler (Harvard) co-authored paper on hospital readmission under Medicare program discussed in NYT

Vicki Freedman et al. study association between caregivers’ wellbeing and daily caregiving experience

Marguerite Burns (Wisconsin) awarded grant to study “Leaving Prison and Connecting with Medical Care”

Kenneth M. Langa, Bruno J. Giordani (Michigan) and co-authors find black adults with high blood pressure showed faster cognitive decline

Funding for Behavioral Change to Benefit Older Adults from NIA’s Research Centers Collaborative Network

UCLA Division of Geriatrics led by David Reuben awarded $2 million from Eisner Foundation

2018

Reuben and colleagues show dementia care program reduces nursing home admission and cuts Medicare costs

Jennifer Ailshire (USC/UCLA) and co-authors examine sleep duration trends in U.S. adults

McHugh and Aiken (U Penn) et al. study the quality of end of life care in US hospitals

John Shoven (Stanford) quoted in WSJ on working longer for financial well-being

Pamela Herd will present at NIH OBSSR Director’s Webinar Series

“Saving regret” study by Hurd (RAND), Rohwedder (RAND) et al. featured in Forbes

Hudomiet’s study on retirement paths featured in the Forbes’ article

Matthew Dupre (Duke) quoted in Time for his research on health impact of marriage

A new NIA-funded resource synergizes efforts of aging research centers

Asthana and Herd (Wisconsin) lead new research that will track the progression of dementia in the WLS.

Gary Small (USC/UCLA) quoted in the Washington Post on the effect of sedentary behavior on brain health

Kindig, Nobles and Zidan (Wisconsin) are among award winners for AJPH paper of the year

Freedman (Michigan) co-authored study on dementia’s impact on family and caregivers was cited in The New York Times

NYT quotes study on widening differences in life expectancy by Toni C. Antonucci (Michigan), Berkman (Harvard), Carstensen (Stanford), Goldman (USC/UCLA) and James S. Jackson (Michigan)

Study by Douglas Sloane, Herbert Smith, Linda Aiken and Matthew McHugh (U Penn) on the effect of nursing resources on the quality of care has been quoted in The Nation

Three affiliates from the Aging Centers Terrie Moffitt (Duke), Daniel Polsky and Rachel Werner (U-Penn) were elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Curtis, Engelman, Fletcher, Palloni to Examine Place Of Birth, Health, And Mortality At Older Ages (CDHA)

William Dow is quoted in Forbes as a speaker at Milken Institute Future of Health Summit panel “Race, Gender, and Work: The Economics of Healthy Aging”

“The Effect of Physical and Cognitive Decline at Older Ages on Job Mismatch and Retirement” from Hudomiet (RAND), Hurd (RAND), Rohwedder (RAND) and Willis (Michigan)

Hospital accreditation is not associated with better outcomes for U.S. patients according to Ashish Jha and colleagues

Sleep’s Role in Aging and Chronic Disease – New Evidence from PRB

Nicole Maestas (RAND) and David Grabowski (Harvard) on Medicare plan finder tool

Norma Coe (U Penn) et al. examine the caregiving costs for families

David Reuben will use foundation endowment to expand geriatrics research

Coe et al. estimate “cost to well being” for daughters, age 40-70, who provide care for elderly mothers

Maestas says women may sacrifice more Social Security earnings than men when they retire early

Amy Finkelstein and Jonathan Skinner (NBER) on mandatory Medicare bundled payment program

NIA funded CALERIE Research Network aims to inspire and support new studies

Ashish Jha et al. on improving global health care

PRB launches 2018 WPD site with focus on changing age structures across the globe and historical time

Centers well represented in PAA election results

Jha on the role of physician gender in the outcomes for women who have heart attacks

World’s largest collection of publicly available research data on aging

FEM: Modeling trends in the demographics and economics of aging

Jagust and Mormino say new approach to imaging brain synapses could help with diagnosing and treating AD

Harvard study of South Africans age 40+ finds older age, more than education, wealth, or health, linked to depressive symptoms

Add Health Parent Study data released

Freedman, Kasper et al. examine recent changes in dementia prevalence among Americans 70+

NHATS releases Round 7 data files

NIA-funded genetic database on Alzheimer’s makes DNA sequence data available to researchers

Trojanowski et al. find “proteinopathies” may contribute to many old-age neurodegenerative diseases

Wisconsin’s Neighborhood Atlas: Mapping areas of disadvantage

New report on advances, trends, and research directions in the demography of aging

Gateway to a full array of survey data on aging from around the world

WaPo on recent work by NIA researchers showing increasing cognitive life expectancy

Michigan researchers examine joint genetic-environmental contributions to risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s

Hayward and Basu on inaccuracy of common tool to estimate CVD risk and prescribe meds

Student volunteers needed for IAPHS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, Oct 3-5. Register July 23.

NIA repository offers cell/DNA samples for research on the mechanisms of aging

New study by Bardo and Lynch examines whether cognitive health is essential for a happy life

NIA researchers find falling prevalence of dementia among older Americans

NIA offers rich source of Spanish-language health info for older adults

Jason Fletcher selected as Wisconsin’s new CDHA Director

NIA on dementia detection using biomarkers

New analysis by Vicki Freedman, Kasper et al finds declines in US dementia prevalence over past 5 years

Judith Campisi elected as National Academy of Sciences member

Valter Longo leads NIA-funded $10 million program on fasting and mechanisms of cellular protection and regeneration

Jagust et al find subclinical amyloid accumulation predictive of Alzheimer’s

Are Baby Boomers Healthy Enough to Keep Working? (Issue 37 of Today’s Research on Aging from PRB)

Examining dementia trends in America

Measuring biological risk for late-life health outcomes

Maestas finds married boomer women may want to keep working after their husbands retire

Unretirement becoming more common

RAND Center for Disability Research

Trojanowski and colleagues chart epigenetic changes linked to Alzheimer’s

Herd and Stanford colleagues use 60-year WLS to study predictive quality of polygenic scores

Preston and Elo examine impact of diabetes on US mortality trends

Small et al. find 4-weeks of mental and physical training improved cognition among older adults

USC releases open-source MRI stroke dataset

States with highest death rates among older Americans concentrated in the South

Carstensen says “older people are happier” in their more selective interactions

45-year Dunedin Study follows New Zealanders from birth into pre-retirement

Small et al. find curcumin improves memory, attention, mood among older adults

PRB’s interactive map by gender and state of death rates for Americans age 55+

NIA urges research on geographic inequalities in US morbidity/mortality

2017

Herd et al. find 25 genetic variants linked to human longevity

RAND researchers find “fluid concept” of retirement among US workers

U-Penn’s Ryskina, Polsky and Werner find increasing prevalence of ‘nursing home specialists’

Martha J. Bailey among Bloomberg’s ‘People to Watch in 2018’

Laura Carstensen on “perennial” potential of aging well

Impact of diabetes on US mortality trends

Cruickshanks et al find boomers have better eye health than previous generations

Belsky says test to predict the pace of biological aging isn’t ready for market

Mexican Health and Aging Study charts changes since 2000

Eight projects examine health and aging in long-running NBER program

NIA initiative assesses effectiveness of interventions for mediating cognitive decline and dementia

Can economic booms shorten lives? Cutler et al examine 100 birth cohorts in 32 countries

UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program wins innovation award

Helping create a world where the majority of people thrive in old age

Sherri Rose wins New Innovator Award from NIH

NIA funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia research increases dramatically

Kawachi and colleagues find living with a purpose may lessen physical decline with age

New study analyzing link between population aging and economic growth compared to studies at RAND and Harvard

NIA rolls out new feature-rich mobile-responsive website

Congratulations to new PAA Board members Mary Beth Ofstedal (Michigan) and James Raymo (Wisconsin)

HRS data show 37% of Americans age 50+ have less than $1,000 in their checking account

Kenneth M. Langa et al. find rising rates of healthy older Americans are uneven by race, education, and income

Bhattacharya et al. find vision-cognition link among older adults

USC & Columbia develop index of life quality among the aging in 30 countries

Grodstein et al. find weight gain in adulthood linked to much higher risk of chronic disease in later life

Neal Krause wins GSA’s Robert Kleemeier Award

Understanding the generational economy

PRB report looks at the changing face of dementia

Work by Ailshire, Beltrán-Sánchez, and Crimmins suggests important considerations in early retirement

Glymour, Rohwedder, Willis, and Börsch-Supan say working longer may boost cognitive health

Jonathan Skinner says Boomers aren’t saving enough for retirement

Picturing how education impacts life expectancy across the globe

Massive study of the social determinants of HIV/AIDS incidence, prevalence, and mortality

How employers, the government, and older people can help keep Americans age 65-plus in the workforce

Belsky et al. find reducing calorie intake over two years slowed biological aging

Dwyer-Lindgren, Mokdad, Murray et al. find large and growing geographic disparities in Americans’ life expectancy

Mokdad and Dwyer-Lindgren identify patterns in cancer mortality across US counties, 1980-2014, by cancer type

Joseph Dielman uses pilot funding to explore impact of economic development on health of older populations in 188 countries

Auerbach, Goldman and Lee gauge how wealth contributes to Americans’ longevity, lifetime government benefits

Marsha Mailick, Jan Greenberg et al. examine links among FMR1 genotype, stress, and health among aging adults

Maestas, Mullen, Powell say older voters tend to oppose economic reforms that would counter costs associated with aging population

Sam Preston and Andrew Stokes say diabetes kills more Americans than commonly thought

Kenneth M. Langa, Larson, Crimmins, Jessica Faul, Levine, Kabeto, and David Weir report on decreasing prevalence of dementia among Americans in JAMA

John Bound, Arline T. Geronimus, et al. find estimates of decreasing longevity among low-SES whites sensitive to measures and interpretations

CEDA launches Berkeley Forum on Aging and the Global Economy

Longitudinal Aging Study in India

Developing novel indicators of cognitive function

Disparities in stroke risk factors by race/ethnicity

Impacts of physician practice characteristics on health care

Cellular senescence, inflammation and aging

Linda Aiken wins nursing’s most prestigious international award

Analyzing determinants of healthy life span and longevity

New PRB report: How neighborhoods affect health and well-being of older Americans

Ashish Jha and colleagues find better survival rates among Medicare patients treated by foreign-educated doctors

Belsky, Caspi, Cohen, Yashin, Moffitt and Levine develop bio measures of aging at midlife

Aging in the 21st Century synthesizes large range of research output using HRS data

Arun Karlamangla, Gail Greendale and colleagues find cognitive aging in middle-aged women

NIA offers heads up on future funding possibilities by publishing concepts approved at National Advisory Council on Aging meetings

Laura Carstensen elected to National Academy of Medicine

Peter Huckfeldt and colleagues find Medicare Advantage costs less and leads to better patient outcomes than traditional Medicare

Linda George awarded distinguished professorship at Duke

2016

Kenneth M. Langa, Eric Larson, and Eileen Crimmins find decline in dementia prevalence among Americans 65+

Sean Fahle and Kathleen McGarry find growing need for elder care has negative impact on women’s employment

Research on longevity determinants and implications. TRA, Nov 2016

Models test impact of U.S. social welfare interventions on health over life course

Phenotypes, genotypes, and exceptional longevity

Do migrants really have a mortality advantage in their host countries?

Chronic social stress and later life health

Jason Karlawish and Kenneth M. Langa specify how to improve national research on Alzheimer’s interventions

Researchers from NIA, Harvard, USC, UCLA and more find additional evidence that epigenetic age predicts mortality

Laura Carstensen sees symbiosis in older people working with children

RAND researchers find lower labor productivity from an aging U.S. workforce

Population-Level Trends in Dementia: Call for Proposals

Laura Carstensen says positive relationship between aging and happiness is no paradox

Henry Paulson directs NIH-funded Michigan Alzheimer’s center

Morgan Levine finds link between age at menopause and biological aging

Morgan Levine, Hoorman Allayee and colleagues analyze biological aging by race/ethnicity and sex

Vicki Freedman finds black Americans live more of their older years with disability than white Americans

Harvey Jay Cohen and colleagues find regular exercise in 50s key to later mobility

Retirement satisfaction slipping among retirees over past 15 years?

Richard Wight and Carol Aneshensel find aging gay men at higher risk of various forms of stress

How does expanding Medicaid impact access to and wait times for primary care?

Duke researchers Belsky and Moffitt examine genetics of socioeconomic success across 40 years

Olivia Mitchell says lump-sum payment would inspire more Americans to delay claiming Social Security benefits

Robert Sampson and Samuel Preston discuss shrinking gap in life expectancy between black and white Americans

The generational economy and population aging in 50 countries

Data on mortality levels and trends, by state, since the 1930s

Progression of Parkinson’s to cognitive impairment

Raj Chetty, David Cutler and colleagues find Americans in top 1% of income live 10-15 years longer than poorest 1%

AAUP reports on faculty compensation by category, affiliation, and academic rank

UPenn’s Matthias Hollwich looks at how to ‘live smarter now to live better forever’

Brooke McFall, Amanda Sonnega, Robert Willis, and Peter Hudomiet examine compositional changes in jobs held by older workers

Vicki Freedman et al find women are living longer than men, but with fewer disability-free years

Family Caregiving for People with Dementia infographic released by PBR

HRS genomics data available for analysis

Lisa Berkman and colleagues discuss opportunities for and challenges of older people in the workforce

PRB reports on NIA-supported research on family caregiving to aging family members

Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez says homicides impact national life expectancy in Mexico

What predicts aging well among women?

Kenneth Langa and Michael Hurd discuss impact of education on dementia

Eileen Crimmins says recent research suggests the likelihood of getting dementia in old age is decreasing

William H. Frey says Boomers continue to make ‘ground-breaking history’ as they enter their seventies

Risk factors for sensory and cognitive declines beginning in mid-life

William Dow and colleague find the poor live longer in Costa Rica than in the U.S.

2015

Judith Campisi says new publication is GSA’s most comprehensive textbook on biology of aging

Understanding how Americans age

Susann Rohwedder and Robert Willis find those who stay on the job after age 60 stay sharper than early retireess

Till Bärnighausen and colleagues find growing gender gap in life expectancy among HIV+ South Africans with increasing availability of ART

PRB report summarizes findings on impacts of Great Recession for older Americans

Samuel Preston, David Cutler, and Ronald Lee taken aback by rising mortality among middle-aged white Americans

Zeng Yi (Duke) says China’s abandonment of one-child policy not unexpected, especially given government’s interest in his research

Latest issue of Today’s Research on Aging available from PRB

Desire for and benefits of engaged activities for older adults

Princeton’s Angus Deaton wins 2015 Nobel Prize in economics

Investment choices among workers in Mexico’s privatized social security system

How does obesity impact international differences in longevity?

Genes, environment, behavior, EPs, and health risks in later life

Cardiometabolic disorders among older Sub-Saharan Africans

Keith Whitfield wins GSA award for outstanding mentorship

Christopher Murray says GBD study results can help guide international health policies

John Beshears says it’s important to know retirement implications of different 401(k) savings plans

Axel Börsch-Supan says Germany cannot afford government program allowing retirement at age 63

David Bloom says mandatory retirement policy based on ageist assumptions

Grant Miller to help develop Bengal, India’s first Institute of Public Health

Alan Auerbach says holding the line on Social Security and Medicare may be politically difficult

Gary King says bias likely in SSA’s demographic and financial forecasts

Caspi, Yashin, Moffitt, Sugden and colleagues find 38 year olds vary in biological age from 28 to 61

Tchetgen, Glymour, Kawachi and colleagues find middle-age adults with depression have double the risk of stroke

David Lam is new director of Institute for Social Research

Richard Hodes, Ronald Lee, Robert Willis and Susann Rohwedder cited on how increasing life span impacts retirement

James S. Jackson says racial health disparities at older ages result from differences in lived experiences, not genetics

Michael Hurd says older workers face a number of impediments in job searches

John Laitner says planning for future retirement should account for increasing longevity

Ulrike Malmendier says Great Depression-era Americans less likely to invest in stock market

Christopher Murray signs IHME-WHO memorandum of Agreement to collaborate in efforts to improve worldwide health data

Arline T. Geronimus says urban poor experience cellular aging linked to chronic stress of poverty, racism, everyday life

HRS data analysis indicates 1 in 5 older Americans dies broke

Remembering NIA’s Richard Suzman

Emilio Parado says low in-migration and loss of college graduates contribute to aging of Pennsylvania’s population

John Haaga and Richard Suzman introduce special issue of the Journal of Population Ageing

Promoting the health and well-being of older adults is a prime goal of the NIA-funded Aging Centers, overviewed in Research Highlights #14

Seth Sanders says Great Migration of African Americans to northern urban areas brought higher mortality

Laura Carstensen says we need to redesign culture to account for longer lifespans

James P Smith and colleagues review forces affecting healthy aging in China

Christine Cigolle finds falls among seniors up 30% over past 12 years

Emma Aguila, Arie Kapteyn, and James Smith find income supplements benefit health of poor elderly Mexicans

2014

Laura Carstensen challenges notion that old age is depressing time of life

Philip Cook discusses benefits of smart guns as component of firearms regulation

Helen Levy and Kenneth M. Langa find older Americans may not enjoy benefits of internet-based health information

Richard Hodes invites comments on NIA’s 2015 Strategic Directions for Research on Aging

Laura Carstensen confronts claims by “brain game” makers about their benefits for cognition and memory

Stanford Center on Longevity issues design challenge to students

Thomas Anderson and Hans-Peter Kohler say social and economic barriers in South Korea contribute to aging population

Longevity and Genetics Conference explores developments in biotechnology, personal genomics, and quantified self

Hurd and Rohwedder find singles less financially prepared for retirement than married couples

Vicki Freedman and Spillman find nearly half of those 65+ need some daily assistance

Work by Sanjay Basu (Stanford) and colleagues finds depression more likely among unemployed in U.S. than in Europe

Lisa Berkman (Harvard) says policies needed to address ‘disruptive experience’ of job loss

National report shows impact of aging among Americans 65+

What a “just-in-time” information request from NIA signals about the ultimate success of your application

Work by Susann Rohwedder and Robert Willis on retirement and cognition cited in NYT

Katherine Baicker says mortality decrease in Massachusetts shows impact of legal mandate for health insurance

Mary McEniry and Robert F. Schoeni host Conference on Long-run Impacts of Early Life Events

Robert Willis (Michigan) and Joanne Hsu find dementia impacts financial decision making among Americans over 50

Work of Kaare Christensen and Anatoliy Yashin (Duke) featured in article on old age dementia

Heather Howard (Princeton) comments on state variation in outreach for insurance enrollment

Uwe Reinhardt (Princeton) says replace individual insurance mandate

Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedder (RAND) find variation in retirement spending based on wealth

Eric Kingson (Syracuse) says senior rights movement needs strong leadership

Vicki Freedman (Michigan) finds caring for husband adds to wife’s happiness

Heather Howard (Princeton) comments on state insurance exchanges on NPR

2012

James Smith (RAND) wins Cozzarelli Prize from PNAS

Laura Carstensen (Stanford) honored as one of AARP’s most influential aging advocates

James S. Jackson elected president of COSSA

Eileen Crimmins (USC-UCLA) wins GSA’s 2012 Kleemeier Award

Linda Waite (Chicago) gives Matilda White Riley Lecture, October 22, 2012

Kevin Volpp (U-Penn) elected to Institute of Medicine

Jay Olshansky (Chicago) discusses declines in life expectancy for low-educated whites

Olivia Mitchell (U Penn) looks at opt-out version of 401(k) in Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Anatoli Yashin (Duke) receives Mindel Sheps Award for contributions to demographic research methodologies

Kenneth M. Langa gives plenary on Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention

Linda Waite, Deborah Carr, Laura Carstensen and Toni Antonucci comment on living alone without loneliness

Health and Retirement Study adds genetic data to NIH database

Toni Antonucci (Michigan) says good friends increase feelings of worth and meaning, especially as we age

Kenneth M. Langa (Michigan) says care-giving resources for dementia key public policy issue

Helen Levy (Michigan) featured in story on U-M faculty advisors to White House

William H. Frey (Michigan) tells NYT unmarried boomers face greater economic hardships than married counterparts

Ana Diez Roux notes that life expectancy is rising with weak economy as during Great Depression

William H. Frey says age of senior citizen status a “gray area”

U-Penn’s Claudia Valeggia wins Presidential Early Career Award for work in Argentina

David Wise (NBER) and Daniel Kahneman (Princeton) elected Distinguished Fellows by AEA

Brigitte Madrian and David Laibson (Harvard) and James Choi (Yale) receive TIAA-CREF award for work on financial security

Data from pilot wave of Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI) now available

David Weir says years near end of work life best time for retirement savings (USN&WR)

NIA and WHO release report on Global Health and Aging

PRB publishes report on life expectancy trends in high-income countries

PRB releases report on volunteering and health for aging populations

Recent web article from PRB examines how centenarians’ genes and habits provide clues to longevity

Helen Levy (Michigan) discusses federally mandated state health insurance exchanges