Center for the Study of Aging

The population of older adults continues to increase in the United States and around the world. Nations, states, localities, families, and older adults face many challenges and opportunities for the care of older adults. The RAND Center for the Study of Aging focuses on the social, economic, physical, and mental health and well-being of older adults across the world. The Center draws upon collective research expertise in demography, economics, medicine, psychology, public health, sociology, statistics, and survey to ensure long-term wellbeing across the lifespan, aging-in-place, healthy aging, financial security, and resilience of older adults.

Using the most rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods, RAND implements surveys, designs and evaluates interventions, conducts trials, and performs many types of innovative analytic methods for administrative, survey, contextual, and clinical data. Our work serves to produce important facts, identify causal relationships, and help the public- and private-sectors more effectively meet the needs of aging populations.

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Latest Research and Commentary

  • A foreclosure sign outside a house. Photo by Reicaden / Getty Images

    The Foreclosure Crisis, Community Change, and the Cognitive Health of Older Adults

    Dec 2, 2020

    The adverse consequences of home foreclosures can spill over to the broader community, particularly older adults. This study finds that higher rates of county-level foreclosures are associated with a faster decline in individual cognition at older ages.

  • Staff person talks to a group of women dining at a nursing home, photo by shapecharge/Getty Images

    How States Vary in Nursing Home Infection Management

    Apr 19, 2020

    RAND researchers evaluated state activities related to preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in nursing homes. While 92% of states mention nursing homes in their HAI plans, many states could improve the support they provide for infection control and management.

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    Should You Consider Taking a Loved One Out of a Long-Term Care Facility?

    Mar 30, 2020

    As modern living is changing during this pandemic, so is assisted living. Already, many of us are facing difficult decisions about whether someone we know should stay in an assisted living facility or be taken out due to the coronavirus crisis. If you're in the position to bring someone to hunker down with you, is it even a good idea?