Population Aging Research Center

The Population Aging Research Center (PARC) at the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1994 with a P30 grant from the National Institute on Aging, which fosters research on the demography and economics of health and aging. PARC research associates come from four schools, 16 academic departments, and three centers/institutes across the university, including Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, Business, Nursing, Medicine, etc. PARC also sponsors an annual pilot proposal competition and a weekly seminar series in conjunction with the Population Studies Center.

Themes

Health, disease, and mortality risks 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.

Early-life conditions and older adult health, behavior and well-being

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,...

Global Aging

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...

Bio-demographic and evolutionary approaches to life history

Bio-demographic and evolutionary approaches to life history expands the vision of our program to incorporate biological and evolutionary frameworks for understanding the demography of aging.  ...

Domestic/international perspectives on well-being at older ages

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...