The Impact of Family Support on the Mental Health of the Elderly

In this interview, IAFOR IAB Executive Council Member Professor Dexter Da Silva talks with the Director of The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) Dr James McNally.

Professor Da Silva and Dr McNally focus their discussion on recent NACDA research findings, specifically on data acquired on the aging Asian population of the United States. They discuss the issues surrounding "Model Minority Stereotyping" and the negative impact it has had on understanding the needs of the US Asian community. The discussion also comments on the benefits of co-residence and various aging studies taking place around the world.


Dr James McNally

Dr James McNally is the Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a data archive containing over 1,500 studies related to health and the aging lifecourse. He currently does methodological research on the improvement and enhancement of secondary research data and has been cited as an expert authority on data imputation. McNally has directed the NACDA Program on Aging since 1998 and has seen the archive significantly increase its holdings with a growing collection of seminal studies on the aging lifecourse, health, retirement and international aspects of aging. He has spent much of his career addressing methodological issues with a specific focus on specialised application of incomplete or deficient data and the enhancement of secondary data for research applications. McNally has also worked extensively on issues related to international aging and changing perspectives on the role of family support in the later stages of the aging lifecourse.

James McNally was a Featured Speaker at The Asian Conference on Psychology & Behavioral Sciences 2015 (ACP2015). He is also Conference Chair for The Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology 2016 (AGen2016) to be held in Kobe, Japan.

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