No Couple is an Island: The Importance of Older Couples' Connections

Concurrent Sessions 7

Ashton Chapman, Marilyn Coleman, Lawrence Ganong, Ashley Ermer, Christine Prouls, Sae Hwang Han, Kyungmin Kim, Jeffrey Burr, Jill Naar; Discussant: Jakob Jensen; Session Organizers: Amy Rauer, Christine Proulx; Session Chairs: Christine Proulx, Amy Rauer

3:15 PM
4:30 PM
Location
Salon 12
Session #
245
Session Type
Symposium
Session Focus
  • Research
Organized By
  • Research & Theory

About the Session

  • 245-01 - Experiences of Being Gatekept: Spouses as Gatekeepers and Sources of Support
    By Ashton Chapman, Marilyn Coleman, Lawrence Ganong
  • 245-02 - Wellbeing Among Older Adult Couples: The Role of Social Networks and Neighbors
    By Ashley Ermer, Christine Proulx
  • 245-03 - Friends Look Out for Each Other: Friendship Support and Preventive Health Behaviors Among Couples in Later Life
    By Sae Hwang Han, Kyungmin Kim, Jeffrey Burr
  • 245-04 - Leisure and Retirement Within the Context of Couples: A Multidisciplinary Literature Review
    By Jill Naar 

Discussant: Jakob Jensen
Session Organizers: Amy Rauer, Christine Proulx
Session Chairs: Christine Proulx, Amy Rauer

Abstract(s)

This symposium highlights how family relations –broadly defined to capture numerous close social ties—advance the lives of adults. This symposium, comprised of scholars in the fields of human development and family science, psychology, and gerontology, highlights the importance of conceptualizing adult health and well-being holistically, with an emphasis on key transitions (e.g., remarriage, retirement), mental and physical health, and preventative health services. By acknowledging that no couple is an island, we believe that we are better equipped to help couples and families thrive in a manner that is likely to not only be more effective, but more sustainable.

Objectives

To demonstrate the impact of social relationships on spouses' health outcomes and behaviors. To demonstrate the complexity of friend and family ties in later life. To demonstrate the numerous ways couples adapt to developmental changes that occur in later adulthood.

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Conference Session