National Institute on Aging Renews Funding for Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has formally renewed funding for the UC Berkeley Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA) for another five years, through June 2025.
Today, there are more Americans ages 65 and older—just over 49 million, according to the U.S. Census—than at any other time in history, and the NIA expects these numbers to grow as more Baby Boomers (individuals born between 1946 and 1964) reach retirement age.
Aging itself remains the most significant risk factor for many chronic diseases and conditions. It is probable that as the number of older Americans increases, so too will the number of people with age-related diseases. A significant increase in the number of individuals with serious chronic conditions will have profound social and economic effects on the nation.
In response to this challenge, the NIA funds 14 centers on aging across the country, including UC Berkeley’s CEDA, which comprises a group of mathematical and statistical demographers who apply their skills in such research areas as biodemography, demographic modeling and forecasting, and intergenerational transfers, including fiscal accounting.
CEDA researchers come from a variety of UC Berkeley schools, departments, and labs, including the School of Public Health.
CEDA will use the renewed NIA funding to support innovative pilot research, computing infrastructure, research networks and events, and outreach related to its aging work at Berkeley, particularly in CEDA’s four key thematic areas:
- Mortality Measurement
- Policy and Behavioral Determinants of Adult Population Health
- Biodemography of Aging
- Macro Consequences of Global Aging