The Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging was created with the goal to promote the demographic and applied research capacity within UMass Boston's Gerontology Institute.
The center aims to serve the research and evaluation needs of organizations that serve older adults in the community, municipalities and their growing numbers of older residents, as well as providing interdepartmental support for UMass Boston faculty and staff with shared interests. The center also provides training for students in the Gerontology PhD Program at UMass Boston who serve as researchers on various projects.
Areas of focus in the center span an array of social and demographic domains, including topics related to:
- economic security in later life, well-being and quality of life
- community supports for seniors, aging and disability
- evaluating programs designed for older adults
- demography and diversity of the aging population in Massachusetts, the U.S., and beyond