100YLA Online Conversation Series: Social Relationships and COVID-19

8:00–9:00 pm
Zoom Webinar


100 Year Lives in Asia (100YLA)

Life expectancy in Asia has increased significantly from 1955 to 2020. In many Asian societies, centenarians are still celebrated, but they are no longer a rarity. Society and government policies have not been designed around the expectation that people will live to 100. Education, career, family, financial security and many other topics will be explored in the 100YLA series to address the many changing needs people and their families have as they prepare to live longer lives.

COVID-19 has brought many consequences for young and old within their communities. The 100YLA series will discuss 100 year lives in the context of a world facing a COVID-19 future.

Kathleen Cagney, Professor of Sociology of the University of Chicago, will invite experts from Asia and the U.S. to discuss the phenomenon, implications, challenges and opportunities for an aging population in Asia.

Episode 1: Social Relationships and COVID-19

In this episode, Professors Kate Cagney, Linda Waite and Xiaoli Tian discussed how online interactions have become the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Tian explained that group chats on instant messaging apps are helping intergenerational family lives remain active. Professor Waite explained how online religious services including funerals allow people to remain close despite the need for social distancing. The professors each confirmed a silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic: contrary to common opinion, people expand social interactions as they age.


Check out all 100YLA episodes HERE!