Social Epidemiology of Aging

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal BIG 1 (Main Building)
RC11 Sociology of Aging (host committee)

Language: English

Social Epidemiology is the study of the social distribution and social determinants of states of health, including diseases, disorders, behaviors, disability, injuries, violence, well-being, mortality, etc. It focuses on population health to improve the average health expectancy and reduce the risk of inequalities within a population across various social statuses, including: race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexuality, etc. The Social Epidemiology of Aging merges the studies of social inequalities, health, and aging as cumulative experiences over the life course at a population-level from a sociological perspective.
This session addresses empirical and theoretical research on aging, seeking papers that focus on the life course perspective and/or social and environmental contextual-level influences on health. Papers may have the goal of identifying and interpreting the reasons for changing population health patterns, better understanding the pathways connecting the prior contexts to population health, or incorporating these patterns and pathways into prevention or intervention programs for middle-aged and older adults. Papers may use quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods.
Session Organizer:
Ronica ROOKS, University of Colorado Denver, USA
Which Types of Non-Kin Networks Relate to Survival in Late Adulthood?
Lea ELLWARDT, University of Cologne, Germany; Theo VAN TILBURG, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands; Marja AARTSEN, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in the USA
Ronica ROOKS, University of Colorado Denver, Health and Behavioral Sciences, USA; Cassandra FORD, The University of Alabama, The Capstone College of Nursing, USA
Level of and Change in Cognitive Functioning Among Dutch Older Adults: Does Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status Matter?
Jonathan WOERN, University of Cologe, Research Training Group SOCLIFE, Germany; Lea ELLWARDT, University of Cologne, Germany; Martijn HUISMAN, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands; Marja AARTSEN, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Causal Effects Between Socioeconomic Status and Health in a Life Course Perspective
Rasmus HOFFMANN, European University Institute, Italy; Eduwin PAKPAHAN, European University Institute, Italy
Integrating Datasets Supporting Ageing Populations and Workforces
Elizabeth BROOKE, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
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