Topics of Interest: Global Aging
Unprecedented changes are occurring worldwide as populations age and fertility and mortality rates decline in most countries. These changes affect everyone from individuals and families to governments and industry.
NIA has pioneered cross-national research, sponsoring collaborative international projects, and disseminating findings in aging-related conditions and concerns affecting people worldwide. Significantly, NIA’s Health and Retirement Study has served as the model for similar large-scale longitudinal studies in other countries. NIA also collaborates with other NIH Institutes, the World Health Organization, and others on additional research efforts on global aging issues.
See NIA research news related to Global Aging below.
NIH-commissioned report highlights disability among older population
December 10, 2014
Almost 16 million Americans aged 65 and older report having at least one disability, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau (PDF, 1.5M), commissioned and funded by the NIA. This is the first Census report on disabilities among...
NIA and WHO Release Global Health and Aging Report
January 16, 2012
NIA and the World Health Organization (WHO) announce the availability of a new report, Global Health and Aging (PDF, 15.7M). As both the proportion of older people and the length of life increase throughout the world, key questions...
Older Americans have better cognitive health, worse overall health than English Peers
March 15, 2010
Older Americans have better cognitive health but worse overall health than their counterparts in England, two recent studies show. According to researchers, these health gaps could be due to differences in the prevalence of cardiovascular...
Unprecedented global aging examined in new Census Bureau report commissioned by the National Institute on Aging
July 20, 2009
The average age of the world’s population is increasing at an unprecedented rate. The number of people worldwide age 65 and older is estimated at 506 million as of midyear 2008; by 2040, that number will hit 1.3 billion. Thus, in...
World's older population growing by unprecedented 800,000 a month
December 13, 2001
The world's population age 65 and older is growing by an unprecedented 800,000 people a month, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The report, An Aging World: 2001,...
Life expectancy in G-7 industrialized nations may exceed past predictions, study suggests
June 14, 2000
The life expectancy of people in the "G-7" (Group of 7) industrialized nations -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States -- may be greater than previously thought, according to a new...