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Family transitions to retirement, the empty nest and elder carer; AND, Population health and aging baby boomers

Two presentations for the price of one!

Professor Barbara Mitchell will present her talk titled: Family transitions to retirement, the empty nest and elder carer: An exploration of their intersections from a Socio-Cultural Life Course approach.

Associate Professor Andrew Wister will present his talk titled: Population health and aging baby boomers: Research platforms and opportunities.

Barbara Mitchell is Professor of Sociology and Gerontology at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, BC, Canada and is currently serving a four year term as Social Sciences Editor for the Canadian Journal on Aging. Her research focuses on family transitions over the life course, generational issues, gendered and social and economic inequality and the effects of these transitions (eg empty nest, retirement, unpaid work etc) on health and well-being. She has expertise in life course theory, and has synthesised it with other frameworks (such as social determinants of health) in her innovative multi-method research. She is the author of several books, including: "The Boomerang Age: Transitions to Adulthood in Families" (2006, New Jersey: Aldine Transaction) and "Family Matters: An Introduction to Family Sociology in Canada," 2nd ed. (2012, Toronto: Canadian Scholar's Press). Her work has also appeared in a wide variety of other outlets and peer-reviewed journals, for example: Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Family Issues, Family Relations, Journal of Women and Aging, Canadian Journal on Aging, and the International Journal of Aging and Human Development.

Andrew Wister is Chair and Professor, Department of Gerontology, and an internationally recognised expert on aging issues, policies, research and training. He has conducted extensive research covering: population aging and population health; health promotion and evaluation; healthy lifestyle interventions; self-care, self-help & mutual aid; chronic illness, comorbidity & aging; and living environment transitions. His most recent authored books include Baby Boomer Health Dynamics: How Are We Aging? (2005) published by University of Toronto Press, and Aging as a Social Process: Canadian Perspectives, 5th Edition (2008) published by Oxford University Press (with B. McPherson), 6th edition forthcoming in 2013. Dr Wister is currently the lead on the SFU Data Collection Site, part of the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging (CLSA), and Chair of the CLSA Operations Committee. He was a Co-PI on the British Columbia Network for Aging Research between 2005 and 2010, as well as a variety of other research consortia.

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Further information can be obtained at the contacts listed below.

Speaker/Host: Professor Barbara Mitchell AND Associate Professor Andrew Wister
Venue: Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre, Building 62, Eggleston Road, ANU
Date: Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Enquiries: Trina Merrell on 02 6125 6182

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