NIA Funded Centers

Centers on the Demography of Aging

The Behavioral and Social Research Program at the National Institute on Aging supports thirteen P30 Centers on the Demography of Aging at leading universities and policy organizations around the U.S. The purpose of the centers is to foster research in demography, economics and epidemiology of aging and to promote use of important datasets in the field.

Key activities of the Centers include the following:

  • Workshops and Conferences
  • Newsletters and Reports
  • Web-Based Information and Resources
  • Multi-Disciplinary Collaborations
  • International Collaborations
  • Research on Aging
  • Pilot Projects on Innovative Topics
  • Data Resource Development
  • Statistical Enclaves for Sensitive Data
  • Methodological Research
  • Training Programs

Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research

Health disparities are associated with a broad, complex, and interrelated array of factors. Risk factors, diagnosis, progression, response to treatment, caregiving, and overall quality of life may be affected by race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, age, and other factors. Disparities in health status and medical care are most acutely experienced by the older population since they are at the highest risk for most diseases and disability. To eliminate health disparities, a widely established national priority, requires research that includes a special focus on the distribution of disease and disability between racial and ethnic groups in society.

The Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) mission is to decrease health disparities by:

  • Increasing the number of researchers who focus on the health of minority elders;
  • Enhancing the diversity in the professional workforce by mentoring minority academic researchers for careers in minority elders health research;
  • Improving recruitment and retention methods used to enlist minority elders in research studies;
  • Creating culturally sensitive health measures that assess the health status of minority elders with greater precision; and,
  • Increasing the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve their health and well-being.