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Jackson named to new MacArthur Research Group

U-M psychologist James S. Jackson has been named to The MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society, a new inter-disciplinary research network created by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The new network, supported by a three-year, $3.9 million MacArthur grant, is designed to help America prepare for the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging society.

Jackson directs the Institute for Social Research (ISR) and is an international leader in research on racial and ethnic health, aging, and health disparities.

"I am honored to participate in this important research endeavor along with colleagues representing a wide range of disciplines from all over the world," Jackson says. "And I am especially pleased that Jack Rowe will be serving as the network chair."

Dr. John Rowe, a professor at Columbia University and former CEO of Aetna, is the co-author with ISR professor emeritus Robert Kahn of the best-selling book "Successful Aging." The book summarized the findings of a 1990s MacArthur Aging Network, which found that most of the factors predicting successful aging are related to lifestyle as well as genetics.

The new Network on an Aging Society will draw on the collective expertise of members from a wide variety of academic disciplines to examine the potential benefits of remodeling the distribution of key activities, including education, work and leisure, across the life course.

Research and projects will focus on three themes:

• The positive and negative impact of key intergenerational issues on families and society;

• The development of meaningful roles for older people; and

• The potential effects that the various sources of diversity and inequalities may have on the structure, economy, and overall health of an aging society.

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