Deborah Carr: Golden Years? – Social Inequalities in Later Life

Social Sciences Forum – Health and Inequality Lecture

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 4:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Thanks to advances in technology, medicine, Social Security, and Medicare, old age for many Americans is characterized by comfortable retirement, good health, and fulfilling relationships. But there are also millions of people over 65 who struggle with poverty, chronic illness, unsafe housing, social isolation, and mistreatment by their caretakers. Deborah Carr will discuss her new book, Golden Years?, in which she examines the complex ways that socioeconomic status, race, and gender shape nearly every aspect of older adults’ lives. By focusing on an often-invisible group of vulnerable elders, Carr will reveal that disadvantages accumulate across the life course and profoundly undermine the well-being of millions of older adults.

Deborah Carr is a Professor and Chair of Sociology at Boston University.


This Social Sciences Forum lecture is the Health and Inequality Lecture. Admission is free and a reception and book signing will follow the talk.


Sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy; the Doctoral Program in Gerontology; and the Erickson School of Aging Studies.


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Photo appears courtesy of the speaker.

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