The NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research currently support eleven Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging, funded in September 2014 from RFA-AG-14-005. Centers support the infrastructure and pilot data necessary for larger research projects; the development of national and international networks of researchers; and the development of methods for the analysis of state-of-the art, often-longitudinal, social science data that contains complex, deeply-described phenotypes. More information is available at the Centers’ website at http://agingcenters.org/ . From this site, you may also access the websites of the individual Centers.
The NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research currently support thirteen Roybal Centers, funded in September 2014 from RFA-AG-14-004. The Roybal Centers are intended to develop and pilot innovative ideas for translation of basic behavioral and social research findings into programs and practices that will improve the lives of older people and the capacity of institutions to adapt to societal aging. The thirteen currently-funded Roybal Centers focus on the following topics: behavior change and health promotion interventions; financial and health decision-making; social networks and informal support resources for vulnerable older adults; health and mobility; disease and pain management; improving measurement of health and well-being; and health forecasting and informing policy-making.
Health disparities are associated with a broad, complex, and interrelated array of factors. Risk factors, diagnosis, progression, response to treatment, caregiving, and overall quality of life may be affected by race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, age, and other factors. Disparities in health status and medical care are most acutely experienced by the older population since they are at the highest risk for most diseases and disability.
The Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) mission is to decrease health disparities by:
- Increasing the number of researchers who focus on the health of minority elders;
- Enhancing the diversity in the professional workforce by mentoring minority academic researchers for careers in minority elders health research;
- Improving recruitment and retention methods used to enlist minority elders in research studies;
- Creating culturally sensitive health measures that assess the health status of minority elders with greater precision; and,
- Increasing the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve their health and well-being.