Carol Ryff (Wisconsin) is PI of the 20-year Midlife in the U.S. (MIDUS) study, which investigates the influence of sociodemographic, psychosocial, and behavioral factors on health and well-being from early adulthood to later life.

Laura Carstensen (Stanford) uses socio-emotional selectivity theory in her examination of older adults’ preferences for and benefits from meaningful job and volunteer activities.

Samuel Preston (University of Pennsylvania) identifies individual-level mortally risks associated with different levels of obesity that can be used in international and intertemporal comparisons of how obesity contributes to longevity.

Thomas Gaziano (Harvard) is examining patterns of change in cardiometabolic disease – rates, causes, and consequences – among people aged 50-plus living in rural South Africa, Ghana, and Tanzania.

Justine Hastings (NBER) links data from Mexico’s privatized social security system to household survey data to examine relationships between workers’ demographic characteristics and fund choices.

Alexander Kulminski (Duke) examines how genetic and life-course factors contribute to risks of morbidity, disability, and mortality in late life using multi-generational longitudinal health data and linked Medicare data.

In an experiment in the Mexican state of Yucatan, these researchers found strong evidence that income supplements have significant health benefits, even in the short run, for poor elderly. The participants, 70+ years of age, received about $67 per month in supplemental income. They reported being more likely to visit a doctor and buy medicine, less likely to run out of food, less often hungry, and more likely to undertake activities than their counterparts who received no supplements. Aguila says that this research shows that expanded government pension programs “can benefit greatly the growing older population in Mexico and developing nations facing similar demographic challenges.”

Call for Proposals: Small Grants for Research Using PSID Data. The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), with support from the National Institute on Aging, announces a small grant competition. The competition will fund 4-8 scholars in the range of $10,000-$20,000 each to use PSID to conduct research using new data on intergenerational transfers, extended family connections, and time use. Funded projects will generate papers that will be presented, along with other invited posters and presentations, at a two-day conference to be held June 9-10, 2016. Proposals may request support to analyze either PSID’s 2013 Family Roster and Transfer Module or the 2009 / 2013 Disability and Use of Time (DUST) supplements or both. Applications are due March 2, 2015. For details see the full announcement here. Questions may be directed to [Bob Schoeni](mailto:bschoeni@umich.edu).

MiCDA announces the availability of funds to foster pilot research on aging.

Please submit pre-proposals (1-2 paragraphs) to John Bound by **Jan 26, 2015.** [Full instructions](http://micda.psc.isr.umich.edu/tmp/2015_MiCDA_Pilot_Announcement.pdf) on MiCDA site.

A recent study by Christine Cigolle and colleagues finds falling is the most frequent cause of injury among older adults and that the risk of falling has risen considerably (30%) during the 1998 to 2010 study period. The study, which used HRS data, also examined fall frequency and injuries among those 65 and older.