POSTPONED: Friday Seminar with Leah Abrams

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Leah Abrams, Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, will present “The role of functioning in the association between health and working.” This event has been postponed in recognition of the Harvard Graduate Student Union strike. Please check back for updates on rescheduled date.

Cardiovascular disease at play in growing rural-urban divide in life expectancy among U.S. counties

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While life expectancy (LE) in the U.S was was on the rise in the first decade of the 2000s (more so in urban counties than in rural), the last decade showed a drop in LE in rural counties and only modest gains in urban areas. Our Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work Leah Abrams, PhD, is the lead author on a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology that takes…

Study finds those who expected to be working at age 62 (but then weren’t) suffered from increase in depressive symptoms

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Harvard Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work Leah Abrams, PhD, is an author on a paper published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series b that finds that middle-aged adults who experienced an “unexpected work exit” suffered from more depressive symptoms, whereas working longer than planned was not associated with an increase in these symptoms (except among Hispanic respondents).

How are changes in working status due to COVID-19 impacting the mental health of those Americans close to retirement age?

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Harvard Pop Center’s Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work Leah Abrams, PhD, and recent Harvard Bell Fellow Lindsay Kobayashi, PhD, along with a colleague, have published their findings which reveal that workers who lost their jobs (more commonly associated with those who were under age 65 and those with less than a college degree), were furloughed, or experienced a reduction in hours suffered from increased loneliness and depressive symptoms, whereas…

When discharging older adults from the hospital, considering mental health could help to reduce hospital readmissions

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A study by Harvard Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work Leah Abrams, PhD, and her colleague Geoff Hoffman, finds that among those adults who were discharged to a post-acute care setting, such as a skilled nursing facility, the positive association between depressive symptoms and 30-day readmissions to the hospital was reduced.

The best-laid plans for retirement…

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Harvard Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work Leah Abrams, PhD, recently published one of her dissertation papers in the journal Ageing & Society that found that among a cohort of Americans ages 51 – 61, it is common to have unmet expectations about retirement timing (e.g. working a shorter or longer time period than expected). “… policies that aim to incentivize longer work are limited by the fact that many…

How stressors are perceived may contribute to differences in mental health between Black and white older adults

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Despite higher levels of exposure to common chronic stressors across five life domains (health, financial, residential, relationship, and caregiving), Black study participants were found to suffer less from symptoms of anxiety and depression than white study participants. Our new Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work, Leah Abrams, PhD, is an author on a paper that that explores how stress appraisal (the extent to which stress exposures are perceived to be…

Welcoming our new cohort of postdoctoral fellows!

Three new postdoctoral fellows at the Harvard Pop Center

We are very pleased to welcome the three members of the 2020-2022 cohort of postdoctoral fellows at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Our incoming David E. Bell Fellow, Madeleine Daepp, recently completed her doctorate in the department of urban studies and planning at MIT. Her PhD research spanned public health and demography, with papers on post-disaster residential mobility, neighborhood attainment, and the effect of healthcare reform on…