Iowa Geriatric Education Center Iowa Geriatric Education Center

Geriatric Lecture Series

May-01-15 - Social Relationships, Family Communication, and Well-Being

In this presentation, Dr. Ashida will describe the importance of social environment on health and well-being, as well as basic social network concepts that can be used to assess social environment. She will identify the characteristics of social relationships within families providing care to individuals affected by dementia. In addition, she will discuss potential strategies to enhance social relationships older adults have with others.

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Sato Ashida, PhD received her degree from The Ohio State University. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Dr. Ashida's research interests include examining the roles of social networks and relationships in health and health-related behaviors, and developing strategies to positively influence such social factors; identifying and influencing modifiable social factors to facilitate healthy aging; and understanding the roles of genomic information in health-related beliefs and behaviors. Her previous work includes evaluation of the roles of social support and engagement on health, and evaluation of social resources available within families affected by serious illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease and hereditary cancer syndrome.

About GLS

The Geriatric Lecture Series online presentations cover a wide range of topics in the clinical management of older adults. Find out how to participate here. Registration for the 2015 Geriatric Lecture Series is now open.

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