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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Population
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education


New Directions in the Sociology of Aging  (CPOP)

The aging of the population of the United States is occurring at a time of major economic and social changes. These economic changes include consideration of increases in the age of eligibility for... Read more

Aging and the Macroeconomy: Long-Term Implications of an Older Population  (BMSA,CPOP)

The United States is in the midst of a major demographic shift. In the coming decades, people aged 65 and over will make up an increasingly large percentage of the population: The ratio of people aged... Read more

Perspectives on the Future of the Sociology of Aging  (CPOP)

The population of the United States is growing inexorably older. With birth rates historically low and life expectancy continuing to rise, the age distribution of the population in the United States... Read more

Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives  (CPOP)

The population of Asia is growing both larger and older. Demographically the most important continent on the world, Asia's population, currently estimated to be 4.2 billion, is expected to increase to... Read more

Assessing the Impact of Severe Economic Recession on the Elderly: Summary of a Workshop  (CPOP)

The economic crisis that began in 2008 has had a significant impact on the well-being of certain segments of the population and its disruptive effects can be expected to last well into the future. The... Read more

Explaining Divergent Levels of Longevity in High-Income Countries  (CPOP)

During the last 25 years, life expectancy at age 50 in the United States has been rising, but at a slower pace than in many other high-income countries, such as Japan and Australia. This difference is... Read more

Preparing for the Challenges of Population Aging in Asia: Strengthening the Scientific Basis of Policy Development  (NRC)

Preparing for the Challenges of Population Aging in Asia discusses the challenges posed by a rapidly aging population and identifies needed research to help policymakers better respond to them. While... Read more

International Differences in Mortality at Older Ages: Dimensions and Sources  (CPOP)

In 1950 men and women in the United States had a combined life expectancy of 68.9 years, the 12th highest life expectancy at birth in the world. Today, life expectancy is up to 79.2 years, yet the... Read more

Grand Challenges of Our Aging Society: Workshop Summary  

Aging populations are generating both challenges and opportunities for societies around the globe. Increases in longevity and improvements in health raise many questions. What steps can be taken to... Read more

Aging in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recommendations for Furthering Research  (CPOP)

In sub-Saharan Africa, older people make up a relatively small fraction of the total population and are supported primarily by family and other kinship networks. They have traditionally been viewed as... Read more

Critical Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life  (CPOP)

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Understanding Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life: A Research Agenda  (CPOP)

As the population of older Americans grows, it is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Differences in health by racial and ethnic status could be increasingly consequential for health... Read more

Preparing for an Aging World: The Case for Cross-National Research  (CBASSE)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY INTRODUCTION Is There a "Crisis of Aging"? The Value and Challenges of Cross-National Research Charge to the Panel Study Approach and Scope Cross-Cutting Issues Organization of This... Read more

Between Zeus and the Salmon: The Biodemography of Longevity  (CBASSE)

Demographers and public health specialists have been surprised by the rapid increases in life expectancy, especially at the oldest ages, that have occurred since the early 1960s. Some scientists are... Read more

Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Health of Older Americans  (CBASSE)

Older Americans, even the oldest, can now expect to live years longer than those who reached the same ages even a few decades ago. Although survival has improved for all racial and ethnic groups,... Read more

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