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Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging

​The Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging (CoA), is one of seven research centers housed within NORC’s Academic Research Centers at the University of the Chicago. The CoA was established as an Exploratory Center in 1994 with a grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Currently, the CoA is one of fourteen NIA funded Centers across the U.S. which investigate aspects of health and health care, the societal impact of population aging, and the economic and social circumstances of the elderly.

The Center operates using three cores, which facilitate and support an active program of research and training:

  • The Administration and Research Support Core, directed by Linda Waite, which provides general administrative support to Center associates
  • The Program Development Core, directed by Kathleen Cagney, consisting of a program of small-scale and pilot projects and support for new faculty development in aging;
  • The External Innovative Network Core has a focus on biomarkers in population-based aging research.

The Center supports a highly diverse faculty of 47 research affiliates in sociology, economics/business, the Pritzker School of Medicine, the School of Social Service Administration, and the Harris School of Public Policy. The research portfolios of faculty members draw upon expertise in medicine, epidemiology, and the biological and social sciences. The Center has nourished an environment for research in the demography and economics of aging by providing research support services, encouraging the development of new research projects and research foci, and facilitating collaborative research and teaching among scientists working in the field of aging research.

Areas of Expertise

  • Family
    • Cohabitation
    • Marriage
    • Childbearing
    • Divorce
    • Transitions
  • Gerontology
  • Health
    • Medicare and Medicaid
    • Health Insurance
    • Diabetes
    • Physician Practices
  • Health Economics
  • Housing
  • Neighborhoods and Communities
  • Special Populations
    • Disabled People
    • Elderly

Major Capabilities

  • Dissemination
  • Sample Design
  • Longitudinal Study Design
  • Data Collection
    • Biomeasure
  • Program and Policy Analysis and Research

Representative Projects

National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP). The National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) is a population-based study of health and social factors on a national scale, aiming to understand the well-being of older, community-dwelling Americans. More

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All News

Job Posting Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Job Posting Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM
Published Research "The Onset of Depression during the Great Recession: Foreclosure and Older Adult Mental Health.", Cagney, K.A., Browning, C.R., Iveniuk, J. and English, E.M., 2014 More
Posted: 2.20.2014 9:27AM
Published Research "Marital Conflict in Older Couples: Positivity, Personality, and Health.", Iveniuk, J., Waite, L.J., Laumann, E.O., Mcclintock, M.K. and Tiedt, A.D., 2014 More
Posted: 2.7.2014 9:09AM
Published Research "Can an Active Aging Index (AAI) Provide Insight into Reducing Elder Abuse? A Case Study in Rajshahi District, Bangladesh.", Tareque, M.I., Ahmed, M.M., Tiedt, A.D. and Hoque, N., 2014 More
Posted: 12.27.2013 4:16PM
Published Research "Vision Problems Are a Leading Source of Modifiable Health Expenditures.", Rein, D.B., 2013 More
Posted: 12.23.2013 10:04AM
Published Research "Sleep Duration and All-Cause Mortality: A Critical Review of Measurement and Associations.", Kurina, L.M., McClintock, M.K., Chen, J.H., Waite, L.J., Thisted, R.A. and Lauderdale, D.S., 2013 More
Posted: 8.5.2013 11:25AM
Published Research "Social Isolation and Adult Mortality: The Role of Chronic Inflammation and Sex Differences.", Yang, Y.C., McClintock, M.K., Kozloski, M. and Li, T., 2013 More
Posted: 6.17.2013 9:29AM
Published Research "Sexual Activity and Function among Middle-Aged and Older Men and Women with Hypertension.", Spatz, E.S., Canavan, M.E., Desai, M.M., Krumholz, H.M. and Lindau, S.T., 2013 More
Posted: 5.14.2013 10:44AM
Published Research "Cross-National Comparisons of Gender Differences in Late-Life Depressive Symptoms in Japan and the United States.", Tiedt, A.D., 2013 More
Posted: 4.23.2013 9:30AM
Published Research "Crime Rates, Crime Spikes and Cardiovascular Health in an Urban Population.", Browning, C.R., Cagney, K.A. and Iveniuk, J., 2013 More
Posted: 2.5.2013 11:28AM
News The New York Times: NORC Expert Linda Waite discusses the troubles with middle-aged relationships More
Posted: 12.18.2012 5:00PM
Published Research "Neighborhood Stressors and Cardiovascular Health: Crime and C-reactive Protein in Dallas, USA.", Browning, C.R., Cagney, K.A. and Iveniuk, J., 2012 More
Posted: 10.29.2012 11:09AM
Published Research "Brazilian Mothers with HIV: Experiences with Diagnosis and Treatment in a Human Rights Based Health Care System.", Jerome, J.S., Galvao, M.T. and Lindau, S.T., 2012 More
Posted: 10.10.2012 9:53AM
News The Huffington Post: NSHAP helps ask if religion works for retirees as mental fitness More
Posted: 10.8.2012 2:15PM

News

News NORC Expert Linda Waite discusses the troubles with middle-aged relationships More
Posted: 12.18.2012 5:00PM
News NSHAP helps ask if religion works for retirees as mental fitness More
Posted: 10.8.2012 2:15PM
News NORC Expert Linda Waite provides insight into who's babysitting our children More
Posted: 9.6.2012 2:25PM
News Meryl Streep, NSHAP, and the sexuality of seniors More
Posted: 8.10.2012 3:16PM
News A happier, healthier life, with insight from NORC's Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 7.30.2012 4:37PM
News Maintaining sexual health as we age, with data and findings from NSHAP More
Posted: 4.23.2012 4:08PM
News Considering President Obama's tax reform proposal with data from the GSS More
Posted: 2.23.2012 4:24PM
News "Treating Pain on a Social Scale" with research and data from NSHAP More
Posted: 2.10.2012 3:16PM
News "Employee Owners' Jobs More Stable in Nervous Economy" featuring the GSS More
Posted: 2.9.2012 4:50PM
Press Release Odds of Living a Very Long Life Lower than Formerly Predicted More
Posted: 2.6.2012 1:30PM
News Valentine's Day: or, how I learned to be a more attentive husband with help from the GSS and NLSY More
Posted: 2.3.2012 3:45PM
News "That bad attitude? Blame the birth month" with commentary from NORC's Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 1.31.2012 4:59PM
News The link between social conservatism and IQ, with data and research from the GSS More
Posted: 1.30.2012 4:55PM
News Testosterone and the "Casanova Effect", with data from NSHAP More
Posted: 1.11.2012 2:54PM
News The General Social Survey helps ask, "How many minorities are there in the USA?" More
Posted: 1.9.2012 1:59PM

Events

Publications

"The Onset of Depression during the Great Recession: Foreclosure and Older Adult Mental Health." Cagney, K.A., Browning, C.R., Iveniuk, J. and English, E.M., 2014 More
Posted: 2.20.2014 9:27AM
"Marital Conflict in Older Couples: Positivity, Personality, and Health." Iveniuk, J., Waite, L.J., Laumann, E.O., Mcclintock, M.K. and Tiedt, A.D., 2014 More
Posted: 2.7.2014 9:09AM
"Can an Active Aging Index (AAI) Provide Insight into Reducing Elder Abuse? A Case Study in Rajshahi District, Bangladesh." Tareque, M.I., Ahmed, M.M., Tiedt, A.D. and Hoque, N., 2014 More
Posted: 12.27.2013 4:16PM
"Vision Problems Are a Leading Source of Modifiable Health Expenditures." Rein, D.B., 2013 More
Posted: 12.23.2013 10:04AM
"Sleep Duration and All-Cause Mortality: A Critical Review of Measurement and Associations." Kurina, L.M., McClintock, M.K., Chen, J.H., Waite, L.J., Thisted, R.A. and Lauderdale, D.S., 2013 More
Posted: 8.5.2013 11:25AM
"Social Isolation and Adult Mortality: The Role of Chronic Inflammation and Sex Differences." Yang, Y.C., McClintock, M.K., Kozloski, M. and Li, T., 2013 More
Posted: 6.17.2013 9:29AM
"Sexual Activity and Function among Middle-Aged and Older Men and Women with Hypertension." Spatz, E.S., Canavan, M.E., Desai, M.M., Krumholz, H.M. and Lindau, S.T., 2013 More
Posted: 5.14.2013 10:44AM
"Cross-National Comparisons of Gender Differences in Late-Life Depressive Symptoms in Japan and the United States." Tiedt, A.D., 2013 More
Posted: 4.23.2013 9:30AM
"Crime Rates, Crime Spikes and Cardiovascular Health in an Urban Population." Browning, C.R., Cagney, K.A. and Iveniuk, J., 2013 More
Posted: 2.5.2013 11:28AM
"Neighborhood Stressors and Cardiovascular Health: Crime and C-reactive Protein in Dallas, USA." Browning, C.R., Cagney, K.A. and Iveniuk, J., 2012 More
Posted: 10.29.2012 11:09AM
"Brazilian Mothers with HIV: Experiences with Diagnosis and Treatment in a Human Rights Based Health Care System." Jerome, J.S., Galvao, M.T. and Lindau, S.T., 2012 More
Posted: 10.10.2012 9:53AM
"What We Don't Talk about When We Don't Talk about Sex: Results of a National Survey of U.S. Obstetrician/Gynecologists." Sobecki, J.N., Curlin, F.A., Rasinski, K.A. and Lindau, S.T., 2012 More
Posted: 10.3.2012 11:10AM
"Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association." Levine, G.N., Steinke, E.E., Bakaeen, F.G., Bozkurt, B. Cheitlin, M.D. Conti, J.B., Foster, E. Jaarsma, T. Kloner, R.A., Lange, R.A., Lindau, S.T., Maron, B.J., Moser, D.K., Ohman, E.M., Seftel, A.D. and Stewart, W.J., 2012 More
Posted: 10.3.2012 11:05AM
"Grandparents Providing Care to Grandchildren: A Population-Based Study of Continuity and Change." Luo, Y., LaPierre, T.A., Hughes, M.E. and Waite, L.J., 2012 More
Posted: 9.13.2012 11:28AM
"Loneliness, Health, and Mortality in Old Age: A National Longitudinal Study." Luo, Y., Hawkley, L.C., Waite, L.J. and Cacioppo, J.T., 2012 More
Posted: 9.10.2012 11:51AM

Job Postings

Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM

Resources

​The Demography Workshop website.
Learn​ more at the Center on Aging​ website.

Contacts

Linda Waite

(773) 256-6333

Senior Staff

Linda Waite

Linda Waite
Senior Fellow and Director

Kathleen Cagney

Kathleen Cagney
Senior Fellow and Director

Sara A. Leitsch

Sara Henning
Senior Research Scientist