Research Network on an Aging Society

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About this Research Network

Funded from 2010 to the present.

This research network brings together scholars who are conducting a broad-based analysis of how to help the nation prepare for the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging society. Research focuses on how major societal institutions, including retirement, housing and labor markets, government and families, will have to change to support the emergence of a productive, equitable aging society. Read More

Research

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Family Support in Aging Societies

A report by the Pew Research Center finds that majorities of adults across the United States, Italy, and Germany believe adult children have a responsibility to provide financial assistance to an aging parent in need. Read More 
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Understanding Successful Aging of Societies

A specially-themed issue of Daedalus focuses on the opportunities and challenges facing the United States as its population ages. Read More 
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Growing Older But Not Old: Insight on Aging and Health

For many, growing older is not accompanied by life-limiting declines in health, according to a new study from the MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society and published in the Journals of Gerontology. Read More 
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Delaying Aging May Be a Better Investment Than Fighting Disease

Substantial health and economic returns from delayed aging may warrant a new course for medical research, according to a study by members of the MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society. Read More 

"The Health Toll of Immigration"

From The New York Times
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Weighing Options for Reducing Medicare Costs

With Medicare spending projected to increase to 24 percent of all federal spending by 2037, policymakers are again considering ways to curb the program’s spending growth. Read More 

"Successful Aging"

From Richard Heffner's Open Mind
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Videos


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Dr. John Rowe, Chair of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society

Dr. Rowe discusses research published by the Network in December 2009 in The Milbank Quarterly, which finds that current government projections may significantly underestimate the future life expectancy of Americans by 3.1 to 7.9 ... Watch Video
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John Rowe and James Jackson Discuss America's Aging Population on "The Open Mind"

Columbia University's John Rowe and the University of Michigan's James Jackson discuss the implications of our aging society. Both are members of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on an Aging Society, an interdisciplinary ... Watch Video
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John Rowe and Linda Fried Discuss America's Aging Population on "The Open Mind"

Columbia University's John Rowe and Linda Fried discuss the implications of our aging society. Both are members of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on an Aging Society, an interdisciplinary group of scholars who are ... Watch Video
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John Rowe and Lisa Berkman Discuss America's Aging Population on "The Open Mind"

Columbia University's John Rowe and Harvard University's Lisa Berkman discuss the implications of our aging society. Both are members of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on an Aging Society, an interdisciplinary group of ... Watch Video
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John Rowe Discusses America's Aging Population on "The Open Mind"

Dr. John Rowe, chair of the MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society and professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, discusses the social, economic, and political implications of America's aging population ... Watch Video
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The Aging of America: Challenges & Opportunities

A discussion with Dr. John Rowe, Professor, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and Chair, MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society; and Dr. S. Jay Olshansky, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at ... Watch Video

Contact Information

Network Chair

John Rowe, M.D.
Director
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University