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Experts study how to foster resilience in older adults

June 07, 2019

Ian Bryce, University Communications and Marketing, 604-773-8134,

Andrew Wister, Gerontology, 778-782-5044,

With Canada experiencing rapid population aging, improving the resiliency of older adults is paramount. Understanding and Fostering Resilience in Older Adults will look at challenges faced by seniors—such as co-occurring diseases, family change, social isolation, ageism, housing problems and environmental disasters—and their resilience in overcoming these challenges as part of this year's John K. Friesen conference. The conference is organized by SFU's Gerontology Research Centre and being held at SFU at Harbour Centre in Vancouver on June 10-11.

"Better understanding how resilience works at the individual, family and community levels will help identify vulnerable groups of older adults who often face several concurrent challenges," says Andrew Wister, conference organizer and SFU gerontology professor.  

SFU researchers will be joined by some of the world’s foremost thinkers on topics of aging and resilience. They will also collaborate on a textbook summarizing the themes to be edited by Wister and SFU colleague Theodore Cosco. 

Among experts participating, Deborah Carr, professor and chair of sociology at Boston University, studies social influences on health and well-being over the life course, families in later-life, and end-of-life issues.

Both Wister and Carr are available for media interviews.

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