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

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

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

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…

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). … Continue reading “The best-laid plans for retirement…”

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

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 … Continue reading “How stressors are perceived may contribute to differences in mental health between Black and white older adults”

Welcoming our new cohort of postdoctoral fellows!

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, … Continue reading “Welcoming our new cohort of postdoctoral fellows!”