Benjamin Shaw

Studies quality of life during old age, smoking and alcohol use among the elderly

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Benjamin Shaw

School of Public Health
Department: Health Policy, Management and Behavior

Aging; physical activity among elderly; smoking among elderly; alcohol use among the elderly; health during old age; early life trauma; quality of life in old age; aging in Japan; social epidemiology of aging

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Professor of Health Policy, Management and Behavior examines aging, physical activity among the elderly, and how early life trauma can influence health in older adults. His research includes a four-year National Institutes of Health-funded study examining how older adults' patterns of physical activity, substance use, and health care utilization change with increasing age. Shaw's study examines how the health lifestyles of older adults in the U.S. compare to those of elderly Japanese.

Shaw is also involved in a study of racial, ethnic, and cultural differences in quality of life during old age.

He has a master's degree in public health and a doctorate from the University of Michigan.