PRB produces and distributes reports and other materials for nontechnical audiences to provide decisionmakers in government, business, and nonprofit organizations with up-to-date scientific evidence related to aging and relevant to policy decisions and program design.

We summarize recent research supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health, highlighting its implications for individuals and society. PRB products include the Today’s Research on Aging series, feature articles, infographics, data visualizations, and interviews.


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The NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research supports this work through a grant from the University of Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging. This center coordinates dissemination of findings from the NIA demography centers located in universities across the country.

Our reports, graphics, and interviews cover the latest aging-related research for policymakers and program planning.

Recent publications

  • New Evidence on Sleep’s Role in Aging and Chronic Disease (Issue 38, Oct. 2018): This issue explores National Institute on Aging-supported research on sleep and aging, reviewing new evidence indicating that poor sleep may be both a sign of ill health and a trigger for processes related to disease and biological aging.
  • Are Baby Boomers Healthy Enough to Keep Working? Today’s Research on Aging (Issue 37): Working longer can reduce public spending and enable some older workers to enter retirement with more financial security. But are older Americans healthy enough to work longer?
  • Declines in Adult Death Rates Lag in the U.S. South. This interactive data visualization tool displays trends in age standardized mortality rates, by sex, for the population ages 55+ in the United States, census divisions, and the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Dementia Trends: Implications for an Aging America (Issue 36, July 2017). This report explores the evidence of a decline in dementia and the trends that may shape the future prevalence of this debilitating condition—focusing on recent work by researchers supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
  • How Neighborhoods Affect the Health and Well-Being of Older Americans (Issue 35, February 2017). This report summarizes recent research conducted by National Institute on Aging-supported researchers and others who have studied the association between neighborhood characteristics and the health and well-being of older adults.
  • Neighborhood Features Play a Role in Healthy Aging in Place (Feb. 2017). This infographic provides an overview of recent research on features of the physical environment linked to age-related disease.
  • Longevity Research: Unraveling the Determinants of Healthy Aging and Longer Life Spans (Issue 34, November 2016). This report highlights recent work by National Institute on Aging (NIA)-supported researchers who identified many factors—including genetics, social connections, early-life experiences, and even certain personality traits—that may affect life expectancy.
  • Family Caregiving for Older People (Issue 33, February 2016). This report highlights recent National Institute on Aging-supported research on the impact of caregiving on family members, the dynamics of caregiving within extended families, and the future need and availability of family care.
  • Family Caregiving for People With Dementia (Feb. 2016). This infographic illustrates data on family caregiving for people with dementia.