Tag Archives: Aging

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.

Height & health; new study looks at adults in China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa

Mark McGovernPGDA Fellow Mark McGovern, PhD,  has published a paper in The Journal of the Economics of Ageing that shows a positive association between height and various measures of health in adults in six emerging economies, each expected to experience significant increases in the mean age of their populations over the coming decades.

In assessing whether those living longer are also living healthier, broader view of morbidity needed

Beltran_Sanchez_Fahad_SubuIn the current volume of Global Health Action, three researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center — former Bell Fellow Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, PhD, current Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD, and faculty member SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD — have authored a study that challenges the widely accepted, disability based definition of morbidity in the compression of morbidity framework.

Older American workers more likely to be depressed after job loss than their European counterparts

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.

The Optimal Age of Retirement

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.

The Forum at HSPH and The Huffington Post present “Living Longer and Happier Lives: The Science Behind Healthy Aging”

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.