Advancing Understanding of the Health and Wellbeing of Older Adults

Enriching data infrastructure to promote breakthroughs in the demography of aging

MiCDA affiliates lead major aging studies that serve as critical infrastructure for the field including the Health and Retirement Study, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and the National Health and Aging Trends Study.

MiCDA extends the reach of these studies through pilot projects and network activities focused on critical measurement and methodological issues.

The changing demography of late-life disability, dementia and family caregiving

MiCDA affiliates lead efforts to understand the implications of population aging for late-life disability and dementia trends. Our faculty also study critical questions about consequences for families of older adults.


MiCDA advances research on these important questions through its annual pilot project program and by leading an international network of scholars dedicated to studying trends.

Life course determinants of health and wellbeing in later life and related disparities

Researchers agree that outcomes in later life – and disparities across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups – are shaped by experiences and exposures from birth through old age.


Resources developed by MiCDA affiliates are valuable for identifying critical influences on this process. MiCDA promotes research on the life course through its annual pilot project program and by making restricted HRS and PSID data available to approved users through the MiCDA Virtual Data Enclave.