Defining Successful Aging: An Elusive Concept [S-18-22]

Presenter: Matt Mannierre
Location: SUNY: Maxcy 104
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Fri 3:30 PM 03/16

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What does it mean to “age well?” This presentation will discuss the different ways that gerontologists have tried to answer that question, focusing on debates in the study of what is conventionally referred to as “successful aging.” This will include a consideration of both criterion and process-based models as well as subjective assessments. The relative strengths and concerns of each will be considered as well as limitations. We will consider the question of defining successful aging in an increasingly diverse society. Participants are welcome to insert their ideas into this discussion.

Matt Manierre finished his PhD in sociology at the University of Delaware in 2016. His dissertation was focused on both the measurement and prediction of successful aging, but he also has worked broadly in the field of medical sociology. He is currently working on research that tries to identify useful and replicable measures of successful aging that can be widely adopted. His work has been published in The Gerontologist, Social Science and Medicine, and Health Communication.

Cap: 50

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