Past Pilot Projects

Rural Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment and Chronic Disease: A Mixed Methods Study of Social and Health Factors in Their Care (Cigolle)
The proposed pilot will perform a mixed methods study of older adults with dementia in rural Michigan. The pilot will address how rural older adults with dementia are cared for in their communities, as viewed by primary care physicians in those communities. 2016.

Muscle weakness among older adults: A silent epidemic (Clarke)
The current proposal will chart new territory in investigating the long-term health consequences of dynapenia to: 1) predict whether individuals who fall below these proposed cut-points are at risk for developing future negative health outcomes; 2) examine proposed cut-points in predicting future health risks above and beyond traditional indicators of morbidity and mortality; and 3) understand the role obesity may play in exacerbating future negative health outcomes among those who are considered weak. 2016.

Cholinergic genetic effects on health and cognition in older adults: Longitudinal analysis (Lustig)
Using the HRS representative sample of approximately 20,000 Americans over the age of 50, we will examine how limits in cholinergic function are related to changes in measurements of attention, memory, and cognitive status and physiological health across multiple time points. 2016.

Demographic and socioeconomic differences in polygenic risk of cardiovascular health in the Health and Retirement Study (Schmitz) 2016.

Changes in Health and Longevity over the 20th Century: Evidence from North Carolina (Bailey) 2015.

The Effects of Collection Procedures on Telomere Length (Faul) 2015.

Understanding Recent Change in Gender Differences in Life Expectancy among Adults in Wealthy Countries (Burgard) 2014.

Cognitive ability and awareness of hypertension in older Americans (Levy) 2014.

Applying Whole Genome data to Common Social Science Issues (Mitchell) 2014.

Physical Activity among U.S. Adults with Diabetes and Prediabetes, 2006-2010 (Lee)
The overall goal of the proposed study is to determine the predictors of changes in physical activity (PA) over 4-years among U.S. middle-aged and older adults with diabetes, prediabetes, and normoglycemia. 2013.

Do Grandma And Grandpa Matter? Uncovering the importance of the elderly for the socio-economic wellbeing of descendants (Pfeffer)
Using the PSID, this pilot project will assess the similarity of cousins’ socioeconomic status as an indicator of the potential impact of grandparental family environments on grandchildren. 2013.

Psychological Human Capital and Mortality across the Life Course: Evidence from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (Schoeni)
The goal of the project is to use PSID data to examine the relationship between psychological skills and traits measured in 1972 and mortality through 2011. 2013.

Translating a telephone instrument to the web: development of best practices (Freedman) 2013.

Socioeconomic Disparities of Participation and Time Use among Disabled Older Americans (Clarke)
Utilizing the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) supplementary Disability and Time Use (DUST) daily diary data, project will employ time use analysis to estimate participation and time use among disabled U.S. adults 60 years or older. 2012.

Intergenerational Support and Caregiving in Late Life: The Role of Stepfamily (Sherman)
This pilot study will collect demographic information, family history, attitudes toward, and actual levels of, provision of support and care for parents and stepparents. Health and well-being will also be assessed. 2012.

Is the error in telomere length measurement introduced by EBV-immortalization of DNA random or systematic?: A Pilot Feasibility Study (Geronimus)
Proposal seeks to perform a feasibility study needed to strengthen a revised NIH proposal for resubmission. The aims of the original proposal were (1) to estimate the validity of using DNA that has been immortalized using Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) for storage in specimen repositories in studies of black-white differences in telomere length; and (2) if a valid approach, to estimate what size samples are necessary to employ in such studies, taking the impact of EBV immortalization into account. 2011.

Caloric Intake Changes at Retirement: Evolution Over Time (Stephens)
Using numerous data sources on food intake in the 1970s and 1980s, this project examines whether the diminishing impact of retirement on consumption expenditures over time is also found for caloric intake. 2011.

Living Arrangements of the Elderly and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa (Lam)
his project will analyze a large number of publicly available datasets from across sub-Saharan Africa that have the potential to increase our knowledge about the living arrangements and status of the elderly in the area. The project will focus on exploring the impact of HIV/AIDS on the elderly. 2010.

Comparative Study of Physical Measures and Biomarkers in HRS and Its Sister Studies (Ofstedal)
This project proposes to make use of physical measures and biomarkers available in cross-national surveys to examine the validity of self-reported health measures and to assess the extent to which physical measures and biomarkers predict various outcomes (onset of health events, mortality, retirement, etc.) net of self-reported health measures. 2010.

Retirement in the 1950s: Rebuilding a Longitudinal Database (Pienta)
In this project, ICPSR will determine the extent to which the data from the Cornell Study of Occupational Retirement archives are recoverable for public use. 2010.

Gender Differences in Stress-Mediated Wear and Tear with Age among Mexican Immigrants to the U.S. (Geronimus)
Project we will explore this possibility using data from NHANES and focusing on differences in levels and age patterns of allostatic load, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. 2009.

Cognition, Medicare Spending and Mortality among the Elderly (Levy)
This project links data from the HRS and Medicare claims data to explore the relationship between cognitive ability, medical spending, and subsequent mortality. The proposed project will provide important background information for an R01 proposal to NIA on cognition and health outcomes among the elderly. 2009.

Social Change, HIV/AIDS, and Elderly Health and Well-Being in Nepal (Axinn)
This is a study to add HIV/AIDS and elderly health and well-being content to an existing program of research on family change in Nepal. This study builds on the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS), an ongoing program of research that has made numerous contributions to our understanding of the influence of community context on the family. 2008.

HIV testing and Sexual Behavior among Older Thai Adults (Ford)
The objective of this study will be to examine factors related to the use of HIV testing and sexual behavior among Thai men and women age 40-59. 2008.

Older-age Parents and AIDS in the ERA of ART, the Case of Thailand (Knodel)
This project examines the potential contributions of and consequences for older-age persons of having an adult child or a orphaned grandchild with HIV/AIDS in Thailand, a country where most persons who need ART are now receiving it. 2008.

The Impact of Illness and Death of Adult Children on the Elderly in South Africa (Lam)
This project uses data from the Cape Area Panel Study (CAPS) to analyze the impact on the elderly of the illness or death of an adult child. 2008.

Gender and Social Relations Across the Life Course in a Middle Eastern Cultural Context (Antonucci)
This study explores gender and social relations across the life course in the Middle Eastern context. The long-term goal is an R21 proposal to study social disparities in health in the U.S., Japan and Lebanon. 2007.

Historical Cause of Death Archive (Leonard)
This project addresses establishing a publicly available archive of historical data on causes of death among the elderly. 2007.

Activities in Mid- and Late-Life: A New Lens on Disability (Verbrugge)
This project analyzes data from HRS CAMS (Consumption and Activities Mail Survey) data for 2001, 2003, and 2005 to understand the process of accommodating to disability over time. 2007.

The Impact of Depression and Cognitive Impairment on Enrollment in Medicare Part D (Zivin)
This project analyzes HRS data for planned and actual enrollment in Medicare D by potential beneficiaries, including those with cognitive and/or emotional impairments. Findings will help identify barriers that vulnerable older persons face in accessing prescription drug coverage. 2007.

Weathering and Telomeres: A Novel Approach to the Study of Racial Disparities in Health (Geronimus)
Project to analyze data from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) – i.e., DNA specimens and supporting survey data – for evidence of racial disparities in aging at the cellular level. 2006.

Employer Provision of Retiree Health Insurance (Levy)
This project consists of a literature review and preliminary analysis of large survey data sets to explore changes in employer provision of health insurance to early retirees. 2006.

Measuring Developmental Idealism and Family Life in the Aging and Elderly Population in the United States (Thornton)
This project, an extension of Thornton's previous research on family life, proposes to test survey questions and protocols for measuring knowledge and belief in developmental idealism and the relationship of those beliefs to several aspects of contemporary family life, including filial expectations and desire for independent living in the U.S. aging and elderly adult population. 2006.

Impact of HIV/AIDS on Active Life Expectancy in High Poverty Areas in the United States (Geronimus)
Project uses vital statistics and U.S. Census data to explore whether and to what extent AIDS mortality increased in high-poverty areas in the U.S. between 1990 and 2000. 2005.

New Data on the Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Elderly in South Africa (Lam)
This project expands analysis of the 2006 Cape Area Panel Study (CAPS) into areas related to HIV/AIDS and the elderly. 2005.

Measuring the Effect of Aging on Perceptions and Behavior (Willis)
This project is intended to develop new methods for collecting and analyzing data on the information and perceptions of older Americans on health care policies and products, and methods for measuring their resulting behavior and well-being. Awarded as a supplement to the Michigan P30 award, it has two components conducted largely at other institutions. 2005.

Mechanisms for Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes Self-Management and Outcomes (Heisler)
Uses HRS data to identify population groups in greatest need of assistance with glycemic control and consider possible interventions. 2004.

Utilizing Aggregate Mortality, Morbidity, and Health Infrastructural Data as an Adjunct to Survey Analyses of Disability (Hermalin)
Research Focuses on Taiwan, but also explores implications for analyses of data for US and several other projects 2004.

Analysis of Survey Data Related to AIDS and the Elderly in Vietnam (Knodel)
Analysis to shed light on extend to which older Vietnamese and their spouses may be at risk for HIV through sexual transmission. The data come from two regional Vietnam Surveys of Family Change. 2004.

Expanding the Presentation of Data Related to the Demographics of Aging and Aging Trends on (Frey) 2002.

Contrasting Expected Changes in Family Support with Actual Changes in Several Asian Countries (Hermalin) 2002.

Disability and Assistance in the U.S. and Singapore (Verbrugge) 2002.

Using the Survey Research Center Statistical Data Enclave to Explore Medicare Home Care Use in the Health and Retirement Study (Langa) 2001.

Methodologies for Obtaining, Administering and Distributing Confidential Data in the Pacific Rim and Pacific Basin-A Pilot Evaluation (Panapasa) 2001.

Finding a Unique Match from Merged Data of the Decedents in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and the National Death Index (NDI) (Stafford) 2001.

A Pilot Test of Using the Feasibility of Collecting Simple Clinical Measures of Diabetes in the Context of a Mail Survey to HRS Respondents, and Development and Validation of a Questionnaire on Diabetic Self-Management (Weir) 2001.

Understanding Black-White Differences in Wealth-Income Ratios (Bound) 2000.

Migration, Health and Policy (Geronimus) 2000.

Tradeoffs between Public and Private Economic Support of the Elderly: Results from a Natural Experiment in Taiwan (Hermalin) 2000.

Using HRS Restricted Data to Examine Health System Effects on Formal and Informal Caregiving for the Disabled Elderly (Langa) 2000.


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