Friday, 09/17/2021, 3:00 pm. ARCHIVED EVENT
Karen Fingerman, co-director of the Texas Center on Aging and Population Sciences (CAPS) speaks on “Title: Weaker Ties In the Social World and During COVID?” at Build and Broaden: Conference on Social Connections to Promote Individual and Community Resilience in Post-COVID-19 Society.
Friday September 17, 2021
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST
Dr. Karen Fingerman studies adult development and aging and is the founding director of the Texas Aging & Longevity Center. She also oversees the Graduate Portfolio in Aging & Health at UT Austin. She has published over 160 articles examining how relationships with family members, friends, and acquaintances change from young adulthood to old age, with particular attention to emotional qualities of ties and support exchanges. She directed the Family Exchanges Study, a longitudinal study involving middle-aged adults, their romantic partners, grown children and aging parents. This project has shown the ways in which midlife adults negotiate demands and connections with generations above and below as well as considering the implications of family ties for young adults and older adults. Dr. Fingerman is currently overseeing the NIA-funded Daily Experiences and Well-being in Late Life Study looking at over 300 older adults’ social relationships and physical and cognitive functioning in a daily context using a variety of sensory devices and ecologically valid assessments. She has won numerous teaching awards, and most recently received a Distinguished Mentor Award from the Gerontological Society of America.