Paola Scommegna is a senior writer in U.S. Programs and has held a variety of communications positions at PRB since 2011. Her focus is on communicating academic research on U.S. health, well-being, and aging in nontechnical language for policymakers and program planners. She has previously worked at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Bread for the World, and PRB. She has also served as an independent consultant for a variety of research and social change organizations, including the U.S. Census Bureau, Firelight Foundation, and Amizade. Scommegna holds an master’s degree in global education from American University and a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northwestern University.
Older Americans’ Greater Health Problems May Make Them More Vulnerable to Coronavirus’s Effects
Older Americans on average have a higher level of age-related health problems than their counterparts in Europe and many other countries (see table). That’s according to a recent Lancet study that shows the United States ranked 53rd out of 195 countries.
Changing Race and Ethnicity Questions on the U.S. Census Form Reflect Evolving Views
Census questions about race and ethnicity have evolved over time, as have Americans’ views about racial and ethnic identification. Nearly a century ago, enumerators for the 1920 Census were instructed to identify people as “White,” “Black,” “Mulatto,” “Chinese,” “Japanese,” “American Indian,” “Filip…
Eliminating Smoking and Obesity Could Shrink U.S. Health Disparities, But Where People Live Matters Too
Smoking and obesity are the two leading causes of preventable death, disability, and chronic disease in the United States. New research shows that eliminating them could go a long way in reducing racial health gaps. But location also plays a key role in health disparities, with neighborhood setting …
Which Country Has the Oldest Population? It Depends on How You Define ‘Old.’
Japan, Italy, and Germany top the list of the world’s oldest countries—if the data are based on the share of the population ages 65 and older.1 But redefine “old” as the share of the population expected to live 15 years or less and Bulgaria, Latvia, and Ukraine top the list. Japan and Italy don’t ev…
Fact Sheet: Aging in the United States
As they have passed through each major stage of life, baby boomers (between ages 55 and 73 in 2019) have brought both challenges and opportunities to the economy, infrastructure, and institutions.These key findings about them were updated in June 2019 with the latest available data.