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Webcast: Confronting self-perceptions of aging

11/29/17     ,


Nov. 29, 1 p.m. ET

A group of four studies led by University of Michigan researchers finds that beliefs about one's own aging are predictive of future health. Self-perception affects a person's physical and mental well-being – from timeliness of seeking care to feelings about themselves, their partners, and other older adults.

Jacqui Smith, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging, and co-author of several of the studies, will discuss how self-perceptions of aging affect health and the role the media plays in reinforcing those perceptions.

  • Jacqui Smith, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging

  • Moderator: Liz Seegert, AHCJ topic leader on aging

Smith’s research deals with the potential and limits of development and change during adulthood and old age. She uses experimental and survey methodologies to investigate age-cohort differences and age-related change in cognitive functioning, self-regulation, and well-being. Her current research focuses on psychological vitality in the Third and Fourth Age (65 to 100 ), psychological predictors of longevity, individual differences in intra-person psychological dynamics, and the application of intelligence, cognition, and life knowledge (wisdom) during adulthood.

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Jacqui Smith

Liz Seegert