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Family and household changes and intergenerational exchanges: Implications for later life well-being

King's Building, Strand Campus, London

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Join us for the 2024 David Hobman Lecture hosted by the Institute of Gerontology at King's College London.

Professor Emily Grundy will speak on 'Family and household changes and intergenerational exchanges: Implications for later life well-being'.

Family connections and intergenerational relationships, including exchanges of support, have been identified by older people as one of the most important domains influencing their quality of life. These relationships are shaped to a considerable extent by life course histories, such as marital and parenting history, which themselves may influence health as cumulated stresses and supports may have long-term implications. Life course events in one generation may also affect the well-being of other generations and so the well-being of older people is influenced by the circumstances of younger family members, and by contemporary social conditions and policies. All these factors interact with socio-economic and environmental factors influencing health over the life course.

In this lecture, Professor Grundy will consider trends and differentials in the family and household- including housing- circumstances of older people and their associations with socio-economic circumstances and with health. She will also examine impacts of intergenerational exchanges of support on both older and younger generations. Finally, she will consider implications for policy and practice.

This is an in-person event. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

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About the speaker

Professor Emily Grundy

Professor Emily Grundy

Emily Grundy is Professor of Population Science at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex where she served as Director from 2017 to 2020. Previous appointments include positions at the London School of Economics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Cambridge and King’s College London, among others. At King’s, Emily was a Lecturer then Reader in Social Gerontology in the Institute of Gerontology from 1986 to 1998. She has fond memories of working with colleagues to develop the MSc in Gerontology and of collaborating with colleagues at Age Concern England, including David Hobman.

Emily’s research has focussed on families, households and kin and social networks in later life, especially in relationship to health, associations between family life courses and health and well-being at older ages, and trends and differentials in later life health, disability and mortality. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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About the Annual David Hobman Lecture

The Annual David Hobman Lecture is hosted by the King’s Institute of Gerontology and explores concepts of ageing and gerontology.

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