In support of a recent study on job loss and depression in the USA and Europe published in the International Journal of Epidemiology and reported by CBS News, Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman has written a commentary. The HSPH researchers and their colleagues found that older American workers (aged 50-64) are more likely to experience depression after job loss than their European counterparts. In Berkman’s commentary, The hidden and not so hidden benefits of work: identity, income and interaction, she discusses three kinds of loss that may be central to affecting health and well-being.
What’s the best age at which to retire? This question is certainly a current hot topic. David Canning, who co-directs the Pop Center, and David Bloom, head of the Program on the Global Demography of Aging, have developed a new model for predicting the optimal age of retirement and have published their work in The Scandinavian Journal of Economics. Their model predicts continuing declines in the optimal retirement age, despite rising life expectancy, provided the rate of real wage growth remains as high as in the last century.
On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 12:30-1:30, The Forum at HSPH, in collaboration with The Huffington Post, will present a panel discussion titled “Living Longer and Happier Lives: The Science Behind Healthy Aging.” Don’t miss Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman as she participates in this informative discussion. Limited seats are available or tune in to watch the recorded webcast.
Pop Center Faculty Member Ichiro Kawachi has co-authored a study that investigates whether age-related hearing loss is associated with social isolation and whether factors such as age, gender, income, race, or hearing aid use moderated the association.
Data from the past two decades confirms that more people are getting healthier as they age, finds David Cutler, Pop Center faculty member. Read more …