The Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA),

a joint program of the University of Michigan's Population Studies Center and the Survey Research Center, helps spur new research on the economics and demography of aging and encourages the use of major datasets in the field.

MiCDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (P30 AG012846).

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Spirituality and health

Using a nationally representative survey sample, Neal Krause analyzes measures of religiosity in relation to a range of biomarkers to assess the association of religious devotion and health.

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Validity of new biomeasures to gauge population health disparities

Arline Geronimus, John Bound, and Colter Mitchell gauge the potential for using TL measures garnered from extant DNA samples gathered in national studies for analyzing population health disparities.

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Perceptions of economic status predict views on life mastery and control

Amelia Karraker finds that older adults' perceived economic position relative to peers/family members predicts their views on how well they are able to manage their lives, regardless of their actual economic position.

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The impact of work-limiting disability throughout adulthood

Philippa Clarke and Kenzie Latham analyze how work limitations in prime employment years influence health, education, family formation, and finances over the course of middle and older adulthood.

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Supporting research on internet/social media use among older adults

Kenneth Langa and Nicole Ellison use cross-disciplinary collaboration and networking to support research into how the internet, and social media in particular, are used by older adults, and to what effects.

In the News

Smith and colleagues find aging satisfaction linked to preventive health screenings

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

Krause says having religious friends leads to gratitude, which is associated with better health

Freedman says older husbands take cue from wives on relationship satisfaction

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