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).

Ubiquilin-2 protein

The role of Ubiquilin2 in degenerative brain diseases

Henry Paulson and colleagues are researching how mutations in the 'quality control' protein Ubiquilin2 are implicated in a range of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's, ALS, and frontotemporal dementia.

Hope and Despair road signs

Optimism: stable trait or socially constructed?

Clarke, Burgard, Kimball, Smith and colleagues examine the life-course precursors of optimism and hopelessness and the consequences for health and mortality in mid to late life.

daughter and wife with disabled husband

How available are children and spouses to newly disabled older adults?

HwaJung Choi, Bob Schoeni, Ken Langa, and Michele Heisler use HRS data to examine the factors that impact informal care giving to disabled older adults by their children and spouses.

Man with cane and 'fall risk' wrist band

How do geriatric conditions accumulate to impact older adult disability?

Christine Cigolle examines the incidence and course of geriatric conditions – dementia, falls, urinary incontinence, poor nutrition, and multisensory impairment – and assesses their predictive strength in old age disability.

Community Health Center

CHCs and the Mortality of Older Americans

Martha Bailey and Andrew Goodman-Bacon examine the long-term effects of increased access to primary care via Community Health Centers on those 65 and older.

In the News

Choi , Zivin, and colleagues find in-person socializing helps lower depression in older adults

Levy says ACA not increasing early retirements as expected

Alter says lack of access to administrative data is "big drag on research"

Giordani says that despite lack of definitive positive findings for Alzheimer's, exercise is important to keeping aging brain in good health

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