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).

Man with cane walks in back alley.

Neighborhood disadvantage and changes in stress- and inflammation-related genes

In a study of older Americans, Jennifer Smith, Sharon Kardia and colleagues identify neighborhood conditions that predict DNA methylation levels in and subsequent gene expression of a group of stress- and inflammation-related genes.

Older woman in wheelchair

How physical impairment impacts life satisfaction and well-being

Vicki Freedman and colleagues find psychosocial factors play a larger role than activity factors in the link between physical impairment severity and low life satisfaction and experienced well-being among older Americans.

Digitally linked records

How good are automated record linkage methods?

To facilitate the formation of the massive LIFE-M longitudinal dataset, Martha Bailey, Catherine Massey, and Eytan Adar are analyzing the performance of and cross-population inferences for the most common automated linking algorithms.

Older couple stroll in park.

How is community context linked to cognitive function after middle age?

Philippa Clarke and colleagues identify how features of the social and built environments are related to rates of decline in cognitive function for middle-aged and older adults.

Contemplative man

Do we become more anxious or more accepting about dying with age?

Neal Krause et al. found that anxiety about death is lower among older adults (65+) than among either middle-aged (41-64) or younger adults (18-40). They also found that religious/spiritual beliefs moderate death anxiety.

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