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).

DNA sample

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.

Older man holding piggy bank

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.

Senior man in wheelchair opening door

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.

Two seniors use laptop

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.

protection and storage of data

Protocols and tools for facilitating access to restricted data

James McNally is working to develop "safe harbor agreements," standardize distribution protocols, and create tools that will facilitate the sharing of restricted data for secondary research.

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Stafford comments on the challenges of the over-55 workforce

Additional grant money available from NIA for early researchers doing NIA-funded work

Langa says individual risk of Alzheimer's seems to have declined in U.S.

Choi, Schoeni, Langa, and Heisler find CV events increase likelihood of residential proximity for older parents and adult children

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