The Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, in November 1998, first proposed the establishment, with NIA P30 funding, of the Population Aging Center within the IBS Population Program. The Center specifically aims to:
- Advance understanding of the social and biological influences on health and aging in disadvantaged populations, both nationally and internationally.
- Advance understanding of the social and economic position of the aging in light of differential migration and spatial redistribution.
- Create an effective infrastructure to achieve the foregoing aims through the establishment of a Population Aging Center that will foster interdisciplinary, collaborative research. The Center will attract CU scholars previously unaffiliated with the Research Program on Population Processes; some are already working in the demography and economics of aging, and others are doing related work that can illuminate aging and health. In addition, it will seek out young investigators new to the field who can be attracted by its challenge, and it will expand existing linkages with researchers at other institutions, within and outside the U.S.