Vicki Freedman

Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging - TRENDS ADRD Suppl

Research Project Description

Worldwide cases of ADRD will likely grow significantly over the next 40 years because of increasing life expectancies and the aging of populations. However, some recent studies suggest that the age-specific risk of ADRD in high-income countries has declined over the last 25 years. Such a development has profound implications for individuals, families, and societies. Given the economic and social costs of ADRD, it is critical to have a robust base of research upon which to draw conclusions about population-level trends in ADRD.
This proposal requests an administrative supplement to Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA) in order to enhance the body of research upon which to draw conclusions about population-level trends in Alzheimer?s Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD). Through its External Innovative Networks Core (Core C), MiCDA strengthens national and international collaboration on research in aging, which in turn accelerates scientific discovery. One of four networks supported by Core C, MiCDA?s Disability TRENDS network is a 21-member network working to accelerate the scientific understanding of trends over time in old-age health and disability. The proposed administrative supplement will allow the TRENDS network to hold a workshop to evaluate and further the body of evidence regarding population-level ADRD trends. We propose three specific aims:
1) commission 10 new studies that examine various aspects of population level trends in ADRD;
2) host a conference where these studies will be presented and discussed; and
3) publish the manuscripts in a special issue of a peer reviewed journal.
An open competition will solicit abstracts addressing four themes: the latest data on trends in ADRD from a number of countries; disparities in trends in ADRD; the causes of population-level trends in ADRD; and the consequences for individuals, communities, and society of changes in the prevalence of ADRD. A five person committee will select the 10 best abstracts. The authors will present their manuscripts at a 1.5 day conference in Ann Arbor Michigan that is part of the annual TRENDS Network meeting. A final session will identify gaps in the literature and next steps for developing a robust base of research about population-level ADRD trends. These manuscripts will then be published as part of a special issue of a journal.

Funding: National Institute on Aging (3 P30 AG 012846 23 S1)

Funding Period: 9/15/2016 to 6/30/2017

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