Taylar Peoples (MSPH '17) looks at how race determines personal attitudes about aging

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

MPH Student Taylar Peoples (MSPH Class of 2017) has spent the last two years working as a Research Assistant with faculty member David Weiss.  Her work and findings are featured in the latest issue of the Mailman School of Public Health "Student Voices" profile.  She asks the question "does race matter for how older adults think about aging?"  A forthcoming publication will show that African Americans in the team's study did not perceive a loss in social status related to their age in sharp contrast to their white counterparts.  To explain this, Ms. Peoples posits that groups already experiencing discrimination—like women, racial minorities, and other minorities—may not experience a sudden social status change because of age. That aging is not associated with social devaluation among black adults has important implications for their self-perceptions of age (e.g., what it means to feel “old") representing one factor that we can change to improve the health of older populations.  Read more about this student's work at the Columbia Aging Center on the Mailman School of Public Health website.