The School of Psychology proudly presents:
The Psychonomic Seminar Series 2007
"Navigating the treacherous waters of ignorance upon a raft of science vigorously propelled by an empirical paddle"
This Friday, at 3pm in room 304, we are privileged to present Dr. Christine Stephens who will talk about: "Ageing, health, and social structure: Some initial findings from the first wave of a longitudinal study of ageing in New Zealand."
Most aspects of health tend to deteriorate as people get older. From a health promotion perspective, the positive approach to this inevitable physical and mental decline that comes with age is two-fold. First, we can promote effective and healthy adaptation to changing needs. Second, we can work towards extending fitness, capacity, and well-being so that this decline is limited to the very last stages of life. To assist with information about the important factors that are related to better physical and mental health, data from the first wave of a longitudinal study in New Zealand provides a snap-shot of the health status of our young-old population (55-70 years) and the relationships between general health and structural and behavioral factors. Structural factors are broader factors that reflect the importance of the impact of socially structured groupings on health. Those that have been shown internationally to have a reliable relationship with health and measured in this study include retirement, ethnicity, gender, and indicators of socioeconomic status (income and education). From the individual's perspective, there are some physical and health behaviour factors such as age, smoking, physical activity and health care utilisation that are related to health outcomes. Although health promotion activities to date have largely focussed on individual behaviour change, these behaviours are known to interact with the broader social and environmental factors. Some data