7th Annual Ellen M. Gee Memorial Lecture

EGML2009 - “Thriving in Older Age"
Presented 30 October 2009 by
Dr. Mark S. Kaplan, Professor, School of Community Health, Portland State University.



What does it mean to age successfully? Why do some older people appear to be thriving and others not? Dr. Kaplan will identify and discuss the factors that help create, strengthen, and sustain “exceptionally” good health in older age.

About the Speaker:

Mark S. Kaplan is a professor of community health at Portland State University and holds adjunct appointments in psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University and in epidemiology and community medicine at the University of Ottawa. He received his doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley and holds masters’ degrees in social work and public health with postdoctoral training in preventive medicine at the University of Southern California. He has written widely on public health issues; his recent research, funded by the National Institutes of Health and private foundations, has focused on using population-wide data to understand health-related quality of life in older age. His most recent publications include “Visits to Family Physicians or Specialists by Elderly Persons in Canada and the United States: An Exploratory Comparative Study in the International Journal of Health Services; "BMI and Mortality: Results from National Study of Canadian Adults” in the journal Obesity; and “Prevalence and Factors Associated with Thriving in Older Adulthood: A 10-year Population-Based Study” in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. Dr. Kaplan recently received a two-year Distinguished Investigator Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He has been a peer reviewer for a numerous journals and a member of editorial boards, including the International Journal of Men’s Health. He has served on the American Association of Suicidology Council of Delegates and SPAN USA National Scientific Advisory Council. Dr. Kaplan testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging at its hearing on veterans’ health and was appointed by Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be a member of the Expert Panel on the Blue Ribbon Work Group on Suicide Prevention in the Veteran Population. As a 2004 Fulbright Scholar in Ottawa, Dr. Kaplan studied the Canadian approach to population health.