The team behind the Linking Spirituality and Religiosity to Life and Health Expectancy project presented their poster at REVES@30 in Ann Arbor Michigan on May 30, 2018 at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Click here to access a digital copy of the poster, “To what degree do religiosity and spirituality explain healthy life expectancy gaps across Europe?”. The team also held their final team meeting in Ann Arbor following the REVES conference.
Dr. Zimmer recently presented the paper, “Does religious activity distinguish the mortality experiences of older Taiwanese? An analysis using nineteen-years of follow-up data” at the 2018 PAA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. Dr. Saito also presented the poster, “Life Expectancy and Active Life Expectancy by religious group in Kerala, India“. These presentations are part of the Linking Spirituality and Religiosity to Life and Health Expectancy project and use data from the 1989 Survey of Health and Living Status of the Elderly in Taiwan and the Kerala Aging Survey (KAS).
Dr. Anna Zajacova, Western University, also presented the paper, “The Rising Pain Prevalence Among Midlife Americans: How Steep, for Whom, and Why?”. Dr. Zimmer is a co-author on this paper.
The study of the long-term impact of war on aging in Vietnam is now underway and began collecting preliminary data in February. The team returned to Vietnam in early May to collect biomarker data and conduct interviews. We look forward to what the results of this data collection will bring.
Thank you to Kim Korinek for the photos.
Dr. Zimmer’s recent article “Persistent, Consistent, and Extensive: The Trend of Increasing Pain Prevalence in Older Americans“, co-authored with Dr. Anna Zajacova, has now been published in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. This article sets to assess trends in pain prevalence from 1992 to 2014 among older U.S. adults and by major population subgroups, and test whether the trends can be explained by changes in population composition.
The study of the long-term impact of war on aging in Vietnam has gotten under way with preliminary testing of the survey. The results of the preliminary test will allow the team to revise their survey and begin collecting data in earnest beginning in March, 2018.
Dr. Chi-Tsun Chiu, a collaborator on the Linking Spirituality and Religiosity to Life and Health Expectancy project, presented a paper entitled, “How do Multiple Dimensions of Religiosity Associate with Total and Disability-Free Life Expectancy among Older Adults in Taiwan?” at the Institute of Statistical Science at Academia Sinica on December 11, 2017.
Dr. Zimmer attended a workshop sponsored by the ADDAPT working group (Addressing Disparities in the Distribution and Assessment of Pain and Its Treatments) of ACTTION on December 7-8 in Potomac, Maryland. The workshop was entitled “Pain, Pain Treatment, and Inequality: High-Priority Findings and Gaps in Pain Disparities Research”. At the workshop, Dr. Zimmer presented research conducted in collaboration with Dr. Anna Zajacova of Western University – “A Comparative Look at Pain Prevalence – Europe and Canada”.