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. Research within this theme incorporates race and gender differences, including period and cohort risks and their underlying social and biological mechanisms.  A classic example of this theme is Preston’s work on sex differentials in mortality,  cohort reproductive patterns and their association with breast cancer mortality ,and his seminal big-picture research on sources of population aging. Flippen and Parrado’s studies of Latino migrants to the U.S. analyze the interaction between migration and health and the way this interaction intertwines with gender and race issues. Included in this submission is a pilot study by Flippen on the relationship between migration and population aging, and the impact of transnational elder care on the financial security of U.S. Latino immigrants. Guillot received a PARC pilot award this year to extend his work on North African migrants in France to explicitly address health and well-being in older adults. Innovative recent work by Elo and collaborators focuses on the association between race, mortality and morbidity. Guillot, Elo, Flippen, and Parrado form the core group of the new research Network on Migration Advantage (NeMa).