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.