News and Events

New article in Asian Population Studies

In September, Dr. Zimmer’s paper entitled, “Migration and left-behind parents and children of migrants in Cambodia: a look at household composition and the economic situation,” was published in Asian Population Studies. The paper was co-authored by M. Van Natta, a doctoral candidate at UCSF.

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Figure 2. Probability of household being in the lowest wealth quintile by type of left-behind migrant’s parent households, with and without left-behind children. Calculated from a model that interacts type of left-behind parent of migrant and left-behind children of migrant without covariates.

Dr. Zimmer to lead workshop at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore

On August 6, 2018, Dr. Zimmer will lead a  workshop entitled “Introduction to Using Multilevel Models for Contextual Cross-Sectional Research” at the Centre for Ageing Research and Education (CARE) Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore. This workshop will provide introductory instructions on running multilevel models in Stata and interpreting their results. Registration link here:

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Disability-Free Life Expectancy Calculator now live!

After much anticipation, the research team of the Linking Spirituality and Religiosity to Life and Health Expectancy: A Global Comparative Study has launched the Disability-Free Life Expectancy Calculator. The DFLE Calculator is based on results obtained from an analysis of data from the Health and Retirement Study conducted in the United States. Try it out now by clicking here.

REVES@30 Poster

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.

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The project team (left to right), Dr. Chi-Tsun Chiu, Dr. Carol Jagger, Dr. Yasuhiko Satio, Dr. Zachary Zimmer, and Dr. Mary Beth Ofstedal.

Presentations at the Population Association of America (PAA) Annual Meeting

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.