Center Description

John Bound, Director; Vicki Freedman, Co-Director

The Michigan P30 Center on the Demography of Aging is a joint program of the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Funding is provided by the Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) Program of the U.S. National Institute on Aging (P30 AG012846). The goal is to spur new research on the economics and demography of aging and encourage use of major datasets in the field.

Michigan has a large number of researchers and projects in the demography of aging. It is also home to major longitudinal surveys used for research on aging, including the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and Americans' Changing Lives Study (ACL), as well as cutting-edge studies of targeted populations such as the National Survey of American Life and the Family Survey across Generations and Nations, both of which focus on Americans of African origin; the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging (SALSA); and the Chicago Community Adult Health Study (CCAHS). The P30 Center focuses on the following scientific themes and approaches: Trends in chronic disease and disability; early and mid-life determinants of later-life health and well-being; effects of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status; work and retirement; disease-specific factors, especially diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and dementia; social insurance, including Medicare; international research; and historical demography; with data collection and survey methodology a central theme across these topics.

The Center is organized by cores:

Administration (Core A)provides administrative and research support built around the Director, Co-Director, Advisory Committee, administrative support staff, computing, data services and website administration.

Program Development (Core B) supports new program development, including pilot projects and support for faculty development through both recruitment and the expansion of aging activity among junior and senior faculty.

External Networks (Core C) operates 5 research networks with members around the world. The overarching goal of the networks is to foster national and international collaboration on research in aging. Four of the networks have an international focus.

External Research Resources Support and Dissemination (Core D) supports outreach and dissemination including editorial & publication dissemination services, as well as supporting seminars and workshops.

Statistical Data Enclave (Core E) supports the goal of improving access to researchers to confidential and sensitive data and ensuring the confidentiality of survey respondents. Activities include maintaining and expanding a secure data enclave and providing outreach to other centers in establishing data enclaves.

The National Institute on Aging supports 14 P30 Centers in the Demography of Aging. They are based at University of California-Berkeley, University of Chicago, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Michigan, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, RAND Corporation, Stanford University, Syracuse University, University of Southern California/University of California-Los Angeles, and University of Wisconsin.