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 senior couple standing in their home in front of a large window. The man has his arm around the shoulder of the woman as they talk. Photo by FG Trade / Getty Images

    Pathways to Retirement Among Dual Earning Couples

    Apr 21, 2022

    An examination of the transition from full-time work to fully retired among dual earning couples shows there is no typical path, but variation across couples in the length, sequence, and concordance in the move from full-time work to fully retired.

  • Home caregiver helping a man out of bed, photo by FG Trade/Getty Images

    Adjusting for Patient Characteristics to Compare Quality of Care Provided by Serious Illness Programs

    Feb 4, 2022

    To ensure fair comparison of serious illness programs, quality measure scores should be case-mix adjusted for variables that influence patients' reports about care quality, but are not under the control of the program administering care. Recommended variables for adjustment are: age, education, primary diagnosis, proxy respondent use, response percentile, and self-reported functional status, physical health, and mental health.

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    Evaluating New York's Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver

    Nov 17, 2021

    New York State’s Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver seeks to enroll a majority of Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care, increase access and service quality, and expand coverage to more low-income New Yorkers. RAND researchers examined whether two components of the 1115 Demonstration Waiver have helped achieve the program’s goals.