West Virginia Universitys Center for Womens Studies will hostPerspectives on a Changing World: Aging Women in Chinaon Monday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hostler Auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Bei Wu, assistant professor in WVU s Department of Community Medicine and Center on Aging, will discuss Chinas rapid social, cultural and economic developmentand how that development affects family structures, gender roles and expectations of family responsibility in relation to aging womens health and long-term care arrangements.
She will also explore the impact of key policies including Chinas one-child policy, pension reform and health care policy, and the issues related to teaching these topics.
Wu earned her Ph.D. at the Gerontology Center of the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2000. Her key research areas include aging and health, dementia and caregiving, long-term care and health services utilization.
In 2005, she was awarded the Judith Gold Stitzel Endowment for Excellence in Womens Studies Teaching and Learning. Wu is currently researching cognitive functioning and oral health among older adults in West Virginia through a grant from the National Institutes of Health.