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About CDEHA

Established in 1999 with funding from the National Institute on Aging, the Stanford Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging (CDEHA) promotes the study of trends in demography, economics, health, and health care, and the effects of these trends on the well-being of the elderly.

The Center's research areas include health disparities; the economics of retirement and demographic change; international population studies; the effects of medical technology on costs, outcomes and well-being of the elderly; and longitudinal and cohort studies of medical care, costs, and health and economic outcomes in the United States and abroad.

The Need For this Research

The United States and many other nations are experiencing a rapid increase in their elderly populations, prompting questions about future healthcare needs, how to finance care, and the nature of retirement. Understanding these challenges, and designing policies capable of coping with them, requires a multidisciplinary approach.  CDEHA promotes interdisciplinary collaborations between scholars around the world and provides resources to promising junior investigators to study issues related to aging.

Specific Aims

CDEHA has the following specific aims:

  • To promote the conduct of longitudinal and cohort studies of medical care, costs, demographics, and health and economic outcomes of older populations, in the United States and other countries.
  • To promote the application of demographic techniques, including biodemography, to understand changes in survival, health, and well-being among the elderly over time.
  • To promote study of the effects of medical technology and health care decisions on costs, health outcomes, and well-being of the elderly.
  • To promote and enhance research in the demography and economics of aging at Stanford and in collaborating institutions.