I stated my interests for my MAND 410 (Quantitative Analysis for Nonprofit Leaders) class on Blackboard as well. My primary interests at this time lie in civic engagement, with a particular interest in the elderly population.
First, please check out these links about the Okinawa Centenarian Study (the fact that Okinawa has the largest population of people aged 100+):http://www.okicent.org/evidence.htmlhttp://www.okicent.org/study.html
Some key points from these pages:
6. Low Prevalence of Dementia
Prevalence surveys suggest that the dementia rate is fairly low among the Okinawan elderly, compared to other elderly populations. Even into their late 90s Okinawans suffered lower dementia rates than reported for comparable populations in the United States and elsewhere.
10. Excellent Psychospiritual Health
Personality testing found that centenarians, when in their prime of life, scored low when it came to feelings of "time urgency" and "tension" and high in "self-confidence" and "unyieldingness." Interviews revealed optimistic attitudes, adaptability, and an easy-going approach to life. Moderation was found to be a key cultural value. Strong social integration and a deep spirituality were particularly evident among older women (Willcox DC, et al. Geriatr Med 2000;38:2000-9 [in Japanese]).
The key thought that really struck a chord with me in this study is the aspect of social integration. It would interest me to find out how much our (collective American) elderly population feels that they have a role in society after they retire from a job. It is speculation on my part that this isn't the case -- that our society prizes middle-aged people who would be taking care of their children and their parents. I see this as becoming a big problem for our society when all the current CEO's who are used to so much responsibility retire and find themselves suddenly "less important" in society.
My interest in the elderly and civic engagement lies in this area -- coming up with ways to give roles and a social identity back to the aging population. This is very broad, but I am eager to narrow it down.
Tags: 410, bb, centenarian study, civic engagement, okinawa, qa