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MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society

a MiCDA Research Project Description

Investigators: James S. Jackson, Lindsay H. Ryan

Funding (subcontract): John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 2013-2014 (7 (PG001923))

The general aims of our collaborative work will be to continue to work on better understanding how major institutions in aging societies are likely both to respond to demographic transitions related to aging societies and actively shape the consequences of such demographic shifts. In the coming year, we plan to work on some projects together and anticipate more joint authorship and we will also continue our pattern of having unique agendas at each institution in which we build on local strengths and interests. We continue to emphasize our work on social cohesion broadly with attention to the ways in which educational, work, family and technological forces shape patterns of cohesion as societies age. We are particularly concerned about identifying areas of vulnerability where policies might effectively buffer impacts. We also search for patterns of resiliency and creativity in watching how new configurations for families, work, educational experiences emerge as societies adapt to demographic shifts.

Research Signature Theme:

Health and well-being in later life: Other