Seminar: Eric Kim on how to scale social engagement and purpose in older ages

Wednesday, March 30, 2022


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How Might We Enhance a Sense of Purpose and Belonging in Older Adults – At Scale?

Eric S. Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar, University of British Columbia

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2022, 2PM-3PM ET (Note the afternoon hour of this virtual seminar)

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ABSTRACT:  Our society is rapidly aging. Thus, citizens, researchers, and policymakers alike are seeking ways to re-engineer society to achieve the dual aim of helping our aging population 1) age well, and 2) fostering new ways for older adults to deploy the abundance of strengths that accrue with age. Most public health, biomedical, and psychological efforts have focused on reducing harmful risk factors. This approach has contributed greatly to prevention and treatment programs. However, another approach to achieving this dual aim is to expand the focus and systematically evaluate upstream dimensions of psychosocial well-being (e.g., a sense of purpose in life and belonging). This approach might help inform the comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and multi-level response efforts we need. In this talk, Dr. Kim will describe a theoretical model and results from a series of studies evaluating associations between a sense of purpose with reduced risk of chronic conditions and mechanistic biobehavioral processes underlying these associations. Future research directions include preliminary translational work that strives to enhance a sense of purpose and belonging at-scale. Ultimately, this work aims to move the field forward by providing new directions for building a science of resilience and providing new targets for multi-level preventive and therapeutic interventions that we can weave into the fabric of our daily lives via practices and systems.