Title

Social Network Composition and the Connection to Overall Health in Older Adults

Date

6-1-2017 10:45 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 11:00 AM

Location

RWEC 101

Department

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Session Chair

Daryl Thomas

Session Chair

Janet Roberts

Session Title

Health/Exercise Science presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Emily Vala-Haynes

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The global elderly population is increasing significantly, and is projected to grow 233% by the year 2050. Health outcomes of this growing demographic encompass the physical, psychological, and emotional well-being of older adults, individuals 60 years and over. Social networks such as family, friends, religious communities, and formal and informal caregiving impact the health of elderly individuals in various ways. In addition to size and composition of social networks, quality of relationships and roles within these connections can influence health, perceptions of social isolation and quality of life. Moreover, physical distance from social connections can alter perceived social isolation. The state of health in the older adult can also affect the quality of and access to social networks. This presentation highlights the global importance of social networks and their impact on quality of life and overall well-being, which affects elders of all genders, races, and socioeconomic statuses.

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Jun 1st, 10:45 AM Jun 1st, 11:00 AM

Social Network Composition and the Connection to Overall Health in Older Adults

RWEC 101

The global elderly population is increasing significantly, and is projected to grow 233% by the year 2050. Health outcomes of this growing demographic encompass the physical, psychological, and emotional well-being of older adults, individuals 60 years and over. Social networks such as family, friends, religious communities, and formal and informal caregiving impact the health of elderly individuals in various ways. In addition to size and composition of social networks, quality of relationships and roles within these connections can influence health, perceptions of social isolation and quality of life. Moreover, physical distance from social connections can alter perceived social isolation. The state of health in the older adult can also affect the quality of and access to social networks. This presentation highlights the global importance of social networks and their impact on quality of life and overall well-being, which affects elders of all genders, races, and socioeconomic statuses.