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Jan E Mutchler, PhD, is Professor of Gerontology in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, and Director of the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging (CSDRA) in the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The CSDRA produces and distributes the Elder Index, a cost-of-living measure for older adults in every county throughout the U.S. In addition, the CSDRA works with communities in support of age-friendly initiatives, including Boston and dozens of other municipalities in Massachusetts. Professor Mutchler conducts research on socioeconomic, cultural, and family-based factors as they relate to outcomes central to well-being in later life, including health, financial well-being, and family relationships.  She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (Behavioral and Social Sciences Section) and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Aging & Social Policy and Research on Aging. Dr. Mutchler earned her PhD in Sociology, with a specialization in demography, at the University of Texas Austin.