ASA 2021 – SALC Sessions

An Important Note from the ASA Meetings Team about the 2021 Virtual Conference Format

We will retain many of the best parts of an in-person meeting and introduce some engaging new virtual approaches. First and foremost, we are pleased to present a full program without any reduction in the number of sessions offered at the in-person meeting. The sessions will be rich and varied in content and type, with many focused on President Aldon Morris’ theme “Emancipatory Sociology: Rising to the Du Boisian Challenge.” Many other exciting invited sessions have already been announced.

We have designed shorter, 85-minute time slots to reflect what we have learned is most effective for virtual engagement and to maintain the standard five-day meeting schedule. These shorter sessions will ensure that programming fits within reasonable hours for people in different time zones, many of whom will be balancing caregiving while participating in the meeting.

All sessions at the meeting will use Zoom rooms provided by ASA, contributing to consistency and ease of participation. To support a secure environment, only registrants will be able to join a session or meeting. Additionally, Zoom technology allows us to increase accessibility with features such as auto-transcription and screen reader compatibility.

All sessions and meetings will be accessed via the ASA online program and ONLY registered participants will be able to join a session.

Section Day: Sunday, August 8, 2021

Business Meeting
11:00-11:30am EDT
(The 2020 Business Meeting Minutes, which we will vote to approve, can be found here:

SALC Matilda White Riley Lecture
11:30-12:25pm EDT
Our recipient of the 2019 Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award, Merril Silverstein (Syracuse University), will deliver the lecture entitled “Reciprocity Between Generations in the Aging Family: Normative, Affective, and Transactional Dynamics”

Paper Session #1: Aging and the Life Course at a Time of Multiple Crises
12:45 to 2:10pm EDT
Organizers: Ynesse Abdul-Malak (Colgate University) & Fumilayo Showers (University of Connecticut)
Discussant: Fumilayo Showers (University of Connecticut)

  • Coping with the COVID-19: Racial Differences in Self-Appraisal, Religious Coping, Psychological Well-being in Later Life
    (Timothy D. Goler, Tirth Raj BhattaNirmala Lekhak)
  • Disability, Ableism and Care During COVID-19 in the US
    (Laura Mauldin)
  • Early Life Patterns of Criminal Justice Involvement: Inequalities by Race-Ethnicity, Gender, and Socioeconomic Status
    (Courtney E. BoenNick GraetzHannah Olson, Zohra Ansari-Thomas, Laurin Elizabeth Bixby, Rebecca Anna Schut, Hedwig Lee)
  • New Opportunity to Address Multimorbidity: Longitudinal Associations between Retirement Sequences and Chronic Diseases in Old Age
    (Robin Shura, Esteban Calvo, Ariel R Azar, Ursula M Staudinger)

Paper Session #2: Geography and Health Across the Life Course
2:30 to 3:55pm EDT
Organizer: Irma T. Elo (University of Pennsylvania)
Discussant: Anna Zajacova (University of Western Ontario)

  • Childhood Neighborhoods and Health: Census-Based Neighborhood Measures Versus Residential Lived Experiences
    (Sarah RocheAmy L. SpringAlexus Moore)
  • Compositional and Contextual Explanations for Variation in Infant Mortality across U.S. States 
    (Benjamin Sosnaud)
  • State-Level Contexts and Birth Outcomes: Do Types of Public Policy Approaches Shape Infant Health?
    (Allison Stolte)
  • Structural Sexism and Life Expectancy Disparities Across U.S. States
    (Patricia Homan)

Refereed Roundtables and Research Working Groups
4:15 to 5:40pm EDT
Organizers: Bridget Goosby (The University of Texas at Austin) & Stephanie Ureña (The University of Maryland)

Table 1: Cognitive Health in Later Life

  • A Longitudinal Study of Cognitive and IADL Disablement Among the Oldest Old Mexican Americans
    (Jiwon KimJacqueline L. AngelSunshine Marie Rote)
  • Profiles of Cognitive Trajectories and the Joint Risk of Dementia and Mortality (Christine Elizabeth Walsh, Katsuya OiBrenda L. PlassmanHardeep Obhi, Yang Claire Yang)
  • Why is Dementia Declining in the United States? The Role of Early and Mid-Life Factors 
    (Mark Lee)
  • The Impact of Military Service on Racial Disparities in Cognitive Function
    (Stephanie Ureña)
  • Social Isolation, Loneliness and Cognitive Function among Middle-Aged and Older Adults in the United States
    (Mia Yu, Jerrold Kaufman)

Table 2: Social Networks, Relationships, & SES

  • “I Don’t Have Money, But I Have Friends”: How Older Latinos Find Tangible Support 
    (Melanie Z. Plasencia)
  • Neuropsychiatric Index and Relationship Quality for Caregivers of Older Mexican Americans 
    (Phillip A Cantu)
  • Jail Time and Network Stability in Later Life
    (Nan Feng)
  • Core Network Changes, Proximity, and Older Europeans’ Loneliness
    (Haosen SunMarkus H. Schafer)
  • The Differential Effects of Entering and Exiting Co-Residence with Grandchildren on Older Adults’ Labor Force Outcomes
    (Haoshu DuanJing Ye)
  • Social Disadvantage, Context and Network Dynamics in Later Life
    (Nan Feng)

Table 3: SES & Retirement

  • Filling the Time Vacuum: The Impact of Retirement Transition on Time Use of Health Activities 
    (Jing Ye)
  • Hope for Retirement—Understanding the Structural Lag Affecting Chinese Migrant Worker’s Retirement Planning: A Path Analysis
    (Jing LiuHeying Jenny ZhanFengxian Qiu)
  • Interaction Ritual Theory, Retiree Community Engagement, and the Socioemotional Experience of Pandemic Time
    (Boroka B Bo)

Table 4: Health and Well-Being

  • How Widowhood and Gender Shape the Impact of Maternal Favoritism on Adult Children’s Psychological Well-Being
    (J. Jill SuitorMegan GilliganReilly KincaidYifei HouCatherine StepniakSiyun Peng)
  • Health and Well-being among those Aging in Place in a Jerusalem Religious Community 
    (Ephraim Shapiro)
  • Family Caregivers’ Conceptions of Trust in Home Health Care Providers
    (David Russell)
  • Neighborhood Exposure Dynamics and Health in the Transition to Adulthood
    (Ying Huang)
  • Trajectories of Subjective Health: Testing Longitudinal Models for Self-rated Health from Adolescence to Midlife
    (Iliya GutinKenneth A. Bollen)
  • Regional Variation and the Social Determinants of Shingles Vaccination in the United States 
    (Eric M. VogelsangAndrea N. Polonijo)

Table 5: Mental and Physical Health in Later Life

  • Coping Style, Chronic Strain, and Depressed Mood in Emerging Adulthood: Examining Age-Linked Patterns
    (Jordan C. BurkeKaren T. Van Gundy)
  • Sexual Identity and Self-Rated Health in Midlife: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study
    (Hui LiuNing HsiehWenhua Lai)
  • Immigration Background and the Widowhood Effect on Mortality (Jennifer CaputoPeng LiMine KühnHenrik Brønnum-HansenAnna Oksuzyan)
  • What Can Catholic Senior Schools Offer the Elderly Distinctively?
    (YoungLan Lee)

Table 6: Aging, Place, and Social Context

  • Differing Stories: Urban/Rural Health Disparities among the Oldest Old in China
    (Yingling Liu)
  • Hardship or Ideology: Explaining Happiness Deficit of the Cohorts Born in Mao Years
    (H. Brin Xu)
  • Spatially and Socially Apart? Intergenerational Contact and Ageist Stereotypes in Hong Kong 
    (Mandy Lau)
  • The Perceived Meaning of Eldercare among the Sandwich Generation of Korean Immigrants 
    (Byung Soo Lee)
  • Till What Age do Japanese People Wish to Live?: The Impact of Age Stereotypes 
    (Saori YasumotoDaisuke Ito)

Student Event!! Professional Development and Mentoring Committee
6:00 to 6:30pm EDT
Please join us to acknowledge the student representatives who are rotating off the committee, meet the new student representatives, and provide input on the activities being planned for the upcoming year.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 973 4358 6545
Passcode: 386745

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