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IGDS Book Launch — Dr Joan Rawlins

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IGDS Book Launch in Collaboration with the Faculty of Medical SciencesDr. Joan RawlinsSixty Years and On in Trinidad & Tobago: Conversations with Older WomenWednesday, March 21st  2012, 5:00 P.M.Faculty of Social Sciences Lounge, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Joan Rawlins is a Medical Sociologist. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Public Health and Primary Care Unit, of the Department of Paraclinical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago. She has been a member of the academic staff of the UWI St. Augustine since 1996. In the 1980s, she worked as a Medical Sociologist in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, UWI, Mona, and later in the Institute of Social and Economic Research, ISER, UWI, Mona, Jamaica.Dr. Rawlins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Administration and /Sociology and a Master of Science Degree in Sociology from The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She received her PhD from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands.Dr. Rawlins has researched and published on issues such as widowhood, the health service, domestic violence, women's health and teenage pregnancy. More recently, she has been most concerned with issues relating to ageing and older persons in the Caribbean. In 1999 Dr. Rawlins was the initiator and coordinator of a successful conference on the Older Person.  The Theme of the Conference was "Maturing at a Health Pace: Appreciating the Older Years". She also assisted in the coordination of the UWI/ECLAC Caribbean Symposium on Population Ageing which was held in Trinidad in November 2004.  Dr. Rawlins was a key member of the Trinidad and Tobago government-appointed Inter-Ministerial Committee on Ageing, which developed the national Policy on Ageing which came into being in 2007.She is a director of the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Trinidad & Tobago and has participated in all of the annual events which celebrated the International Alzheimer's Disease month since 2007. These included national TV and Radio interviews. She is the author of four (4) books namely: Sixty Years and On In Trinidad and Tobago: Conversations with Older Women, Ageing: Discussing the issues in Trinidad, Midlife and Older Women, Family Life, Work and Health and A Case of Adoption. Dr. Rawlins attends several conferences each year and has presented scores of papers in local, regional and international meetings over the past 25 years. Dr. Rawlins is Jamaican by birth and has lived in Trinidad for the past 22 years. Sixty years and on in Trinidad & Tobago: Conversations with older women although about twenty (20) women, pays tribute to the 200 women who participated in a study of older women in north, central and south Trinidad and Tobago in 2006. This book is a prelude to a larger on-going work which has the title 'The Reality of Older Women in Trinidad & Tobago'. In addition to the survey-styled interviews which were done of the 200 women, these twenty women were the ones who provided us with additional information about their lives. This information now affords us a better understanding of older women in Trinidad and Tobago. Sixty years and on in Trinidad & Tobago: Conversations with older women allows us to hear of the concerns of older women who spoke not only of themselves and their issues, but also about their concerns for their family, extended family and the society.  This book would be useful for students of gerontology, medical students, social work, sociology and policy making students as well as the general public. Anyone with an interest in issues of aging will find this book useful, as it speaks about a group of persons on whom so much depends in this society. Essentially, this important book provides insights into how it really was for older women of Trinidad & Tobago in 2006.Sixty Years and On in Trinidad & Tobago: Conversations with Older Women (FMS, UWI, 2010)The book is available at the UWI Bookstore.

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