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Longer Lives, New Paths Forward

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
5:30-6:30 pm
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St.
(corner of Gadsden)

The overall rise in life expectancy has increased the proportion of our lives we spend as “older adults.” Despite the fact that a growing proportion of the population can expect to live about three decades beyond the traditional retirement age of 65, we still think about later life as a uniform period of our lives. In fact, greater longevity means later life can be as varied and changeable as our younger years, opening up new paths for our journey forward.

In this session, Assistant Professor of Sociology Dawn Carr discusses the importance of cultivating meaningful scripts for the later stages of life and how we can redesign our life course to bolster the quality of our later years. An affiliate of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, Carr will also examine the the policy implications of this new reality.

Carr's expertise in this area lies in understanding the factors that bolster older adults' ability to remain healthy and active as long as possible. Her recent work focuses on understanding the complex pathways between health and active engagement during later life, particularly with respect to the ways in which engaging in paid work, volunteering, and caregiving shapes cognitive, psychological, and functional health and the onset of disability.


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