Intergenerational bonds inspired visiting student Jin Guo to study gerontology

February 13, 2024

Jin Guo is a visiting doctoral student from the School of Public Policy and Administration at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China.

During her time at Simon Fraser University's Department of Gerontology, Jin hopes to expand her knowledge in gerontology and further develop her research skills. Learn more about what brought Jin to SFU.

Can you tell me about yourself?

I’m Jin Guo, and I am a visiting graduate PhD student from the School of Public Policy and Administration at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. My research focuses on aging and health, with a particular emphasis on resilience and multimorbidity. I am also actively exploring broader research areas related to the psychological health, caregiver and well-being of older adults.

2. What inspired you to study aging/gerontology?

The inspiration driving me to study aging and gerontology stems from my personal experiences and reflections. Growing up in a large family, observing the aging process has consistently made me think about how to ensure older adults’ well-being in later life. In research, older adults are subjects, however, in reality they are our family and friends, and the future versions of ourselves. In this aging society, the study of aging extends beyond academia—it's about creating a better living environment and promoting the well-being for current older adults, ourselves, and future generations. Therefore, I hope to make a meaningful impact, improving the lives of older adults and fostering well-being in our society.

3. How has studying gerontology impacted your life?

Studying gerontology has provided me with a deeper understanding of older adults, their challenges, and their sources of happiness and aspirations. Witnessing their resilience and wisdom has not only enriched my academic knowledge but has also contributed to my personal growth. Gerontology establishes a profound connection between myself and older adults.

4. Are you involved in any research projects and/or community initiatives?

I am currently involved in a longitudinal study in Anhui Province, China, which has been ongoing for more than 20 years. Professor Andrew Wister is a crucial collaborator in our project. The study includes various aspects such as family livelihood, risk perception and vulnerability, socio-demographic characteristics and health status, intergenerational support information for children, and well-being. Professor Andrew Wister and I have collaboratively completed an exploration on multimorbidity resilience among Chinese older adults. I look forward to further exploration in aging and health based on this study.

5. What interests do you have outside of your research?

I enjoy cooking, not only Chinese food but also international dishes and desserts. Playing the guzheng and a bit of guitar is another passion of mine. I love spending time with my family especially my incredibly adorable cats with whom I spend most of my leisurely time with. Cherishing moments with family and friends are something I truly value. I also have a passion for travel. Spontaneous trips bring me joy. Additionally, playing electronic games with family and friends is another enjoyable pastime.

6. What are your goals during your time at SFU?

During my time at SFU, I want to broaden my understanding of gerontology, conducting more in-depth research. There are many experts in gerontology, and I look forward to having more exchanges with everyone.

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