In China, the “oldest-old” urban dwellers are experiencing less disability and, for some, longer life expectancy

Collin F. Payne, PhD, a fellow in a recent cohort of our Bell Postdoctoral Fellows, is an author on a paper published in BMC Medicine that examines both life expectancy … Continue reading “In China, the “oldest-old” urban dwellers are experiencing less disability and, for some, longer life expectancy”

Measuring frailty—a key predictor of mortality and morbidity in higher income countries—in the now aging South African population

A team of researchers affiliated with HAALSI, a project focused on the aging population in South Africa, has published a study in BMC Geriatrics that finds frailty to be associated with worse … Continue reading “Measuring frailty—a key predictor of mortality and morbidity in higher income countries—in the now aging South African population”

Cognitive health plays key role in late-life well-being in sub-Saharan Africa

A study by Collin Payne, PhD, a recent Bell Fellow and current research associate at the Harvard Pop Center, focuses on the under-explored patterns that link cognition, health and well-being … Continue reading “Cognitive health plays key role in late-life well-being in sub-Saharan Africa”

Depression and anxiety levels increase with age and vary by gender in aging South African population

Harvard Bell Fellow Collin Payne, PhD, is author on a paper in Demography that takes a rare look at the mental health status of aging adults in Malawi, South Africa, a … Continue reading “Depression and anxiety levels increase with age and vary by gender in aging South African population”

Working paper: Up, Down & Reciprocal: The Dynamics of Intergenerational Transfers, Family Structure & Health in a Low-Income Context

Harvard Bell Fellow Collin Payne is lead author on a working paper that explores the complex nature of how resources are shared and redistributed within a family in the absence … Continue reading “Working paper: Up, Down & Reciprocal: The Dynamics of Intergenerational Transfers, Family Structure & Health in a Low-Income Context”

How do functional abilities of aging population in South Africa compare to those in other LMICs?

Researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center have authored a paper based on research from the Health and Aging in Africa: a Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South … Continue reading “How do functional abilities of aging population in South Africa compare to those in other LMICs?”

How does disability impact the aging population of Latin America and Caribbean?

About the same as it impacts the older adults of the United States, according to a study published in The Journals of Gerontology by Harvard Bell Fellow Collin Payne, PhD. … Continue reading “How does disability impact the aging population of Latin America and Caribbean?”