Karen Fingerman, Berner-Hanley professor in gerontology in the Department of Child Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, will present "The Best Is Yet to Come: Personal Relationships in Late Life." Fingerman's research focuses on social relationships, emotions and aging. She examines emotions experienced by adults of different ages in their relationships and the behaviors they use to communicate their feelings. She is particularly interested in relationships between adults and their parents.
Fingerman's research has been funded by the Brookdale Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. She is currently conducting a study examining middle-aged adults, their young adult children and their aging parents.