Biodemographic Analyses of Longitudinal Data on Aging, Health, and Longevity: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives.


Journal Article

Biodemography became one of the most innovative and fastest growing areas in demography. This progress is fueled by the growing variability and amount of relevant data available for analyses as well as by methodological developments allowing for addressing new research questions using new approaches that can better utilize the potential of these data. In this review paper, we summarize recent methodological advances in biodemography and their diverse practical applications. Three major topics are covered: (1) computational approaches to reconstruction of age patterns of incidence of geriatric diseases and other characteristics such as recovery rates at the population level using Medicare claims data; (2) methodological advances in genetic and genomic biodemography and applications to research on genetic determinants of longevity and health; and (3) biodemographic models for joint analyses of time-to-event data and longitudinal measurements of biomarkers collected in longitudinal studies on aging. We discuss how such data and methodology can be used in a comprehensive prediction model for joint analyses of incomplete datasets that take into account the wide spectrum of factors affecting health and mortality transitions including genetic factors and hidden mechanisms of aging-related changes in physiological variables in their dynamic connection with health and survival.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Arbeev, KG; Akushevich, I; Kulminski, AM; Ukraintseva, SV; Yashin, AI

Published Date

  • January 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2014 /

PubMed ID

  • 25590047

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25590047

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2314-7679

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2356-6736

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1155/2014/957073


  • eng