Aging Societies

CURRENT PROJECTS (listed in alpha-order by PI)

Project Title: Health and Aging in Africa: Longitudinal Studies of INDEPTH Communities (HAALSI)
PI: Lisa Berkman, PhD, Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Funder: National Institute on Aging
Summary: The goal of this project is to focus on Sub Saharan Africa and integrate the study of chronic disease (including HIV and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cognitive impairments) and their interactions with social, family and economic conditions to better understand the determinants of health and functional status in the elderly in South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana.

Project Title:  MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society
PI: Lisa Berkman, PhD, Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Funder: MacArthur Foundation
Summary: The goals of this project are to ascertain the potential individual, social and political institutional threats to stability created by a rapidly aging society in the U.S.

Project Title: Program in the Global Demography of Aging (PGDA)
PI: David Bloom, PhD, Professor of Economics and Demography, Harvard School of Public Health and David Canning, PhD, Professor of Population Sciences and Professor of Economics and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Summary: Provide support for research on demographic change and aging throughout the world, with a particular focus on developing countries.

Project Title:  Discrimination, aging and health: exploratory pilot study to improve implicit measures of exposure
PI: Nancy Krieger, PhD, Professor of Social Epidemiology, HSPH
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at Harvard
Summary: The objective of our methodological pilot study is to improve and expand the PI’s work on implicit measures of discrimination and to advance research on whether experiences of adverse discrimination increase risk of chronic disease and accelerated aging.

Project Title:  The Health Effects of Job Loss at Older Ages
PI: Clemens Noelke, PhD, Research Associate, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and Jason Beckfield, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies, Dept of Sociology, Harvard University
Funder: Program on the Global Demography of Aging, HSPH
Summary: The aim of this study is to conduct preliminary analysis of the association between job loss and a variety of health and health-related outcomes using the HRS, SHARE and ELSA data, and then build on this analysis to develop a R01 to look at whether the effects of job loss are moderated through household and country level factors .

Project Title:  The Social Consequences of Job Loss at Older Ages
PI: Clemens Noelke, PhD, Research Associate, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Funder: Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Summary: This study researches the consequences of the recent economic downturn for health and well-being among older workers, with the intention of preparing an NIH grant proposal.

Project Title:  Investigating Compression of Morbidity and Disability in the Health and Retirement Survey
PI: SV Subramanian, PhD, Professor of Population Health and Geography, Harvard School of Public Health
Funder: Program on the Global Demography of Aging
Summary: This project seeks to determine whether compression or expansion of morbidity is occurring in the U.S by defining and creating a quantifiable indicator of morbidity for older ages and by estimating the age at onset of morbidity, disability, and major health risk factors for people aged 50 or older.