The Link Between Social Engagement and Health in Later Life: Potential Pathways
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Date: October 11, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual event
Seoyoun Kim, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Texas State University
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Research amassed in the past 30 years shows that social engagement matters greatly for older adults’ physical and psychological health. However, the pathways linking social engagement and health are not well-understood. My collaborative research project explores the health benefits of social engagement such as volunteering, formal employment, and informal help while seeking a nuanced understanding of how and to whom these activities are salutary. My project also examines psychological well-being and physical health as interrelated, as opposed to separate, health outcomes.
Seoyoun Kim graduated from Purdue University with a dual-title Ph.D. in Sociology and Gerontology. She is an associate professor at Texas State University and currently a research fellow at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research broadly focuses on various social environments and older adults’ health trajectories with specific focus on health benefits of social engagements in later life.