Tag Archives: Aging

Among older workers, are recessions linked to lowered CVD risk? It depends.

avendanoHarvard Pop Center faculty member Mauricio Avendano and former Bell Fellow Clemens Noelke have published a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology that suggests that economic recessions may be protective against CVD disease among older workers who remain employed, but may increase risk of CVD among those who experience a job loss during this period.

Lisa Berkman’s expertise on aging takes center stage as we prepare to live longer & our population grows

Berkman_Lisa_254_OFFICIAL_300x220Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman’s expertise on aging societies and healthy aging is being called on as we prepare to live longer and grow our population to 9 billion. In the piece “Can You Get Smarter?” in today’s New York Times, Lisa comments on the impact of social networks on cognitive decline; today’s Harvard Gazette headline directs readers to the piece entitled “The Aging Game” in Harvard Public Health magazine that features extensive commentary by Lisa; and she will be a featured speaker at Harvard University’s inaugural, university-wide TEDx event entitled “9 Billion: Surviving & Thriving in 2050” on November 7.

Berkman, Canning and Pop Center faculty featured in cover story on “Silver Tsunami”

Berkman_Lisa_254_OFFICIAL_300x220Harvard Public Health, The Magazine of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is out with its Fall issue featuring a cover story entitled The Aging Game, Perils and Promises of a Graying Society. The Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, along with Associate Director David Canning, and faculty members David Bloom and Ichiro Kawachi, are among the experts who share their thoughts on “successful aging” including physical, financial and psychological health, social connection, and employment status.

Do racial disparities in cognitive outcomes in US adults vary by state of primary school attendance?

Sam-for-twitter_864-x-522Harvard Pop Center Principal Analyst Sze Yan (Sam) Liu is lead author on a paper in Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society that explores whether variability in cognitive outcomes in adults is attributable to state of school attendance, especially during formative years of primary school. Pop Center faculty member Maria Glymour, PhD, is also an author on the paper.

Harvard Pop Center researchers to receive award for article on innovative use of life course work-family profiles to predict mortality risk

Four-researchers-win-award_Nov_edit_2015The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has named four researchers affiliated with the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies as the recipients of the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Awards for their paper published in the American Journal of Public Health on the innovative use of sequence analysis as a exposure assessment tool for life course research.  Erika Sabbath, ScD, who is lead author on the study and was a visiting scientist at the Harvard Pop Center, collaborated with Pop Center research associate Iván Mejía Guevara, PhD,  faculty member M. Maria Glymour, ScD, and Director Lisa Berkman, PhD. The distinguished awards will be presented at GSA’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida in November. Learn more in this EurekAlert.

For sexually active women, age not a factor in their sexual satisfaction

thurstonRWJF Health & Society program alumna Rebecca Thurston, PhD, is co-author on a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine that found that for women, sexual satisfaction is influenced more by the quality of their relationship, their communication with their partner, and the importance they place on sex than by their age.

Social Security assets & solvency overestimated, studies find

kingTwo new studies co-authored by faculty member Gary King, PhD,  find that the Social Security Administration’s forecasts have been  overstating the health of the program since 2000. The studies, one in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and the other in the journal Political Analysis, have received media attention in Forbes, Harvard Gazette, CNBC, and HNGN, amongst other outlets.

More generous maternity leave benefits linked to better mental health for women into older age

Berkman_Lisa_croppedHarvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, is co-author of a study published in Social Science & Medicine that explores the relationship between comprehensive maternity leave benefits and women’s mental health in later life, based on evidence from European countries.  The researchers, including Pop Center faculty member and former Bell Fellow Mauricio Avendano, PhD, who is lead author on the study, along with Giacomo Pasini, PhD, who was a visiting scientist at the Harvard Pop Center during the month of January, found that women who received more generous maternity leave benefits with their first born child experienced better mental health that extended in older age.