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2017 Department of Sociology, Mayhew Lecture

Thursday, March 23, 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Gressette Room, Harper College

Speaker: Edward Laumann

Topic: Reconceptualizing Health and Well-Being among Older Americans Empirically

Abstract: The 2017 Bruce H. Mayhew Jr. Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Edward O. Laumann. In this talk, Laumann will describe two empirically grounded models of health and wellbeing among older Americans: the disease-centered Medical Model (MM) vs. a Comprehensive Model (CM) that incorporates psycho-cognitive, behavioral and social information. Laumann will demonstrate that the CM model is a far better prognosticator of health and wellbeing (including the relative risk of death within five years) than the medical model and discuss its implications for reforming health care for older Americans.