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After 15 years traipsing through Scotland, Japan, Korea, Oregon and Hawaii, I am back again on my home turf of Chicago, Illinois where I am writing my dissertation and working for the University of Chicago's school of continuing studies. I conducted my dissertation fieldwork in rural Japan and studied elderly people's lifestyle beliefs and practices for a healthy longevity. Since Japan has the longest-living population in the world, they may be able to give us some insights! But with a graying population comes fear of economic burdens as well as fear of aging itself, and this can lead to stereotypes and prejudice. I am interested in seeing how these patterns unfold as the world faces an unprecedented graying population.
Area(s) of Training
Area(s) of Expertise
aging, Japan, diet
Most Recent Degree
Current Area of Employment
University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies