The Research Themes of PARC reflect the interests and expertise of our research associates: Health, Disease, and Mortality Risks at Older Ages, Early-life Conditions and Older Adult Health, Global Aging, Health Disparities, and Domestic/International Perspectives on Well-Being at Older Ages.
Health, Disease, and Mortality Risks at Older Ages, has been a guiding framework of research at PARC from Year 1 of the Center. Research within this theme incorporates race and gender differences, including period and cohort risks and their underlying social and biological mechanisms.
Early-life conditions and older adult health, behavior and well-being is firmly rooted in understanding aging as a process, rather than a discrete stage. Many of us use a life-course framework, relating current status to earlier life decisions. This theme both feeds from and lies at the interface of several relevant disciplines such as demography, economics, evolutionary biology, and anthropology.
Global Aging responds to an increasing intellectual and public policy demand for understanding variation and commonalities in the aging process within and across populations. PARC’s research focus has always been remarkably international and this newly formulated signature theme aims at achieving a synthetic understanding of the social, economic, and environmental circumstances impacting the well-being of older individuals around the world.
Perspectives on well-being at older ages, emphasizes life-cycle decision-making and old-age financial security and their interactions with changing work patterns, family support, savings and pensions, health insurance, and health care systems. This line of research has been one of the hallmarks of PARC.
This new PARC theme addresses health disparities and racial, ethnic, rural/urban, environmental, and geographic health disparities.
Daniel Aldana Cohen recently gave a two-part interview with Real News Network regarding his work on the Green New Deal. You can listen to part 1 and part 2 here.
On the Knowledge@Wharton, Mark V. Pauly, of PSC & PARC, and Genevieve Kanter of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss the impact of changes to the Stark Law, which prevents doctors from self-referral, and the effectiveness of accountable care organizations (ACO).“I would be even more enthusiastic about ACOs if it had been shown that they actually improve the coordination of care,” says Kanter.
Penn Today talks about new research by Rachel M. Werner, of the Population Aging Research Center, found that post-hospital care costs and cuts impact readmission. “We found clear tradeoffs: While home health care may cost less, it doesn’t have the same intensity of care as a skilled nursing facility, which may be sending many [patients] back into the hospital.”
Can closing homeless encampments help Philadelphia’s opioid problem? A report authored by Dennis Culhane and co-authors and an article in Penn Today shows that shuttering two camps led to many new addiction-treatment slots and some successful placements in permanent or temporary housing. Many challenges remain, however, including a shortage of housing options.
Matthieu Solignac, former Post-Doctoral researcher at the Population Studies Center, sat down with us to speak about his almost 2 years spent working and living in Philadelphia and at Penn.
Informatics Methodology and Secondary Analyses for Immunology Data in ImmPort (UH2 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Notice of Change to PAR-17-054, "Leveraging Existing Cohort Studies to Clarify Risk and Protective Factors for Alzheimers Disease and Related Dementias (R01)"
Request for Proposals: 2019-2020 Quartet Pilot Research Project CompetitionProposals are due Friday, March 15, 2019 | 5 pm
The Annual Quartet award competition is jointly sponsored by the PSC, the Population Aging Research Center, Boettner Center for Pension Retirement Research, and LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. The competition promotes high quality and innovative research in demography, economics, and related social and behavioral sciences. Quartet awards are funded for one year (or less) in duration and are selected through competitive peer review. Click here to read about former and currently funded projects.