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February 13, 2013

Winter 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Jersey Liang


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Jersey Liang
Professor of Health Management and Policy
U-M School of Public Health

Physical Performance and Socioeconomic Status among Older Chinese: A Multilevel Analysis

February 19, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This presentation focuses on physical performance (i.e., grip strength, normal walking speed, and rapid walk speed) as a function of socioeconomic status (SES) at the individual, household, and community levels among older Chinese. China has experienced rapid population aging during the last two decades. In 2006, the proportion of Chinese aged 60 and over had reached 10 percent, which is projected to reach 30 percent in 2030. Although China’s economy has grown approximately 9 percent annually since 1978, there is a marked increase in income disparity, with urban incomes more than three times of those in rural areas. The health consequences of the substantial income disparities among older Chinese have not been adequately studied.

Jersey Liang is Professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health and Research Professor at the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan. His research has centered on comparative studies of aging and health across U.S., Japan, China, and Taiwan. Currently, he is exploring how psychosocial factors in conjunction with biomarkers affect health outcomes at the individual and community levels and how these processes vary across cultures.

Posted by zzhu at February 13, 2013 01:56 PM