This research theme focuses on studies of sociocultural, economic, and environmental circumstances impacting the well-being of older individuals around the world, and analyses of physical, mental and cognitive aging trajectories in diverse and understudied populations across a wide spectrum of socioeconomic development. This Chat will highlight PARC’s international networks and connections, feature some of PARC’s signature global aging projects and collaborators, encourage discussions how aging and aging-trajectories in low- and middle income differ from the more frequently studied patterns in high-income contexts, and explore how PARC can leverage its global connections to make distinctive contributions to the field of global aging research. Register here.
This research theme includes the exploration of early developmental circumstances that may be crucial for shaping how we age, including nutrition, infectious disease, social support, education, and gene-environment interactions prenatally and during childhood. This theme is firmly rooted in understanding aging as a process that begins at conception, rather than being a discrete stage marked by having reached a specific biological age. PARC associates pursue research on the early-life determinants of mortality and health in diverse domestic and international contexts. This Chat will focus on how PARC can facilitate the use of exceptional cohort and/or multigenerational data for these research questions, stimulate comparative research on the early-life determinants of aging, facilitate collaborations between PARC associates and across affiliated centers to enhance the understanding of life-course determinants of aging and possible policy-responses that can help reduce health inequalities stemming from early-life adversities that predominantly affect some subsets of populations. Register here.