- Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
- College of William and Mary, BA, Economics
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD, Economics
Norma B. Coe is an Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine. Her research interests are in health economics and public finance. Her work strives to identify causal effects of policies that directly and indirectly impact health, human behavior, health care access, and health care utilization. One focus has been measuring the relationship between retirement and health, health care utilization, and health behaviors. Another focus of her research has been long-term care and long-term care insurance, and how they affect the health, work behavior, and health care utilization of current and potential caregivers. In ongoing work, funded by the NIA, Dr. Coe and her colleagues are estimating the direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Prior to joining Penn, she was an Assistant Professor in Health Services at the University of Washington, and the Associate Director of Research at the Boston College Center for Retirement Research. She received her PhD in Economics from MIT and BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary.
Daughters Will Suffer From Medicaid Cuts
One of the few ways that adult children can get help with caregiving duties is Medicaid’s support for seniors, which many middle-class people qualify for after spending most of their income and assets on long-term care. Cutting Medicaid could make it more difficult to qualify, so more adult children would have to care for their parents.
The Connection Between Retiring Early and Living Longer
Positive health effects of retirement have also been found by studies using data from Israel, England, Germany and other European countries. That retirement promotes health and prolongs life isn’t obvious. After all, work provides income and, for some, health insurance — both helpful for maintenance of well-being. It also can provide purpose and camaraderie. Evidence is mounting that loneliness and social isolation are linked to illness, cognitive decline and death.