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Golden Years?: Social Inequalities in Later Life

Health and Inequality Lecture

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : Gallery

Social Sciences Forum 
Health and Inequality Lecture 

Deborah Carr
Professor and Chair of Sociology, 

Boston University

"Golden Years? Social Inequalities in Later Life"

Thanks to advances in technology, medicine, Social Security, and Medicare, old age for many Americans is characterized by comfortable retirement, good health, and fulfilling relationships. But there are also millions of people over 65 who struggle with poverty, chronic illness, unsafe housing, social isolation, and mistreatment by their caretakers. Carr will discuss her new book, Golden Years?, in which she examines the complex ways that socioeconomic status, race, and gender shape nearly every aspect of older adults’ lives. By focusing on an often-invisible group of vulnerable elders, Carr will reveal that disadvantages accumulate across the life course and profoundly undermine the well-being of millions of older adults.

Reception and Book signing to follow. 

Sponsored by: Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy and the Doctoral Program in Gerontology; Erickson School for Aging Studies.

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