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psc brown bag iconSocial and Biodemographic Linkages to Health Among the Elderly: A Project Overview

Maxine Weinstein (Department of Demography, Georgetown University)

12/09/1998, 12:00-1:15 Seminar, ISR room 6050

Dr. Weinstein, with collaborators at Princeton University and the Taiwan Provincial Institute of Family Planning, is conducting an ambitious study of social status, life challenge, functional status and health among the elderly in Taiwan. Data include the Taiwan Surveys of the Elderly (a nationally representative longitudinal series starting in 1989) and biological markers from a subset of 1000 participants. The research explores:

- Life events that are most strongly associated with, and discriminate best between, the preservation and deterioration of health.

- Costs and benefits to health of social connection, support networks, social activity, and instrumental assistance and emotional support.

- Effects of cumulative advantage and cumulative adversity on health.

- Extent to which biological markers of stress and chronic illness are related to reports of life events.

- Associations between biological markers, data from physicians' exams and self-reported health; links to survival based on data from death certificates and household registries

- Extent to which biological markers can explicate the relations among the social environment, life challenges, and health.

The talk will describe results from a pilot study and plans for a 5-year project recently approved by NIA.


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