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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.


Dr. Zimmer and team begin data collection in Vietnam

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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.

New Research Published

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.