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Aging and Society

Join panelists to discuss how aging has changed America from housing to medical to familial relationships.

Friday, May 20, 2011, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Jonas Clark Hall, Room 102

Panelists include:

Tom Koch '71, Ethicist and Gerontologist, author of “Mirrored Lives: Aging Children and Elderly Parents”
Paul Kunin '76, Director, Paul Kunin Consulting
Deborah Merrill, Associate Professor of Sociology, Clark University


Tom Koch '71 is an ethicist and gerontologist working academically in disease studies and clinically in the area of chronic progressive disease. He did the first extended work on eldercare from the perspective of the caregiver (Mirrored Lives, 1990). The author of 15 books—including three in the area of eldercare—and over 200 journal articles, he also holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. (ethics/philosophy, geography, medicine) from the University of British Columbia.



Paul Kunin '76 is a C.P.A./M.B.A. and owner of a Boston-area consulting practice specializing in professional development and career counseling. In recent years his work has largely involved the relationship between older, often retiring owners/partners and the young professionals who will succeed them. Mr. Kunin has received awards for his work in professional education and has been published extensively in business journals.



Deborah Merrill received a B.A. from Bowdoin College in 1984 and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. She was later a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, also at Brown University. Ms. Merrill has been at Clark since 1992. She is also affiliated with the Women and Gender Studies Program. Ms. Merrill's primary interests and training in sociology lie within the fields of family, aging, medical sociology, and demography. She is currently engaged in research on gender differences in intergenerational relations following marriage. Ms. Merrill's articles appear in Social Forces, Research on Aging, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Aging and Health and Ethnic Groups. She is the author of Mothers-in-law and Daughters-in-law: Understanding the Relationship and What Makes them Friends or Foe, and Caring for Elderly Parents: Juggling Work, Family and Care giving in Middle and Working Class Families.

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