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Aging Studies: Organizations and Data

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Data Sources

AARP Research makes much of its data freely available online.

Taken from their website:

AgeSource Worldwide identifies several hundred information resources in some 25 countries which are significant either in size or in their unique coverage of particular aging-related issues.  The resources include, among others, clearinghouses, libraries, databases, training modules, major reports, and Web metasites. More about AgeSource

AgeStats Worldwide provides access to comparative statistical data that compare the situation of older adults across countries or regions around a variety of issues areas. The most recent data and projections as far ahead as 2050 are provided where available. More about AgeStats

AARP Research also has a searchable database called Internet Resources on Aging, which contains a list of 1,200 reputable sites for persons age 50 and up.

Organizations (A-M)

The top organizations for Aging Studies research:  Gerontological Society of America

Other organizations for Aging Studies:

601 E St., N.W., Washington, DC 20049
(888) 687-2277
The largest advocacy organization for older Americans.

American Society on Aging
71 Stevenson St., Suite 1450, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 974-9600
Founded as the Western Gerontological Society; offers programs and online learning for professionals in health care, social services, government and other fields who seek to improve the quality of life for older adults.

Boston College
Center for Retirement Research, Hovey House, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-1762
Conducts research on issues related to retirement, particularly finance and health.

Center for Strategic and International Studies
Global Aging Initiative, 1800 K St., N.W., Washington, DC 20006
(202) 887-0200
Conducts research and education programs on long-term economic, social and geopolitical implications of demographic change in the United States and abroad.

Employee Benefit Research Institute
1100 13th St., N.W., Suite 878, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 659-0670
Conducts research on employee benefits, including pensions and defined-contribution plans such as 401(k)s.

Organizations (N-Z)

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
1730 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-0888
Umbrella organization for local area aging agencies.

National Institute on Aging
Building 31, Room 5C27, 31 Center Dr., MSC 2292, Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 496-1752
Leads the federal government's scientific effort to study the nature of aging.

National Institute on Retirement Security
1730 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., Suite 207, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 457-8190
Studies retirement-income issues such as pensions.

Urban Institute
Program on Retirement Policy, 2100 M St., N.W., Washington, DC 20037
(202) 833-7200
Conducts research on issues relevant to retirement, such as Social Security, long-term care and unemployment rates among older Americans.

Center for Policy Research on Aging, 3250 Public Policy Building, Box 951656, Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 794-5908
Studies major policy and political issues surrounding aging; devotes particular attention to issues relating to ethnic populations.