Tom Koch at the KMA

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In June, UBC Geography adjunct professor Tom Koch delivered a plenary lecture at the 32nd Annual Korean Medical Association meetings in Seoul, Korea. The subject–“Age, Aging, and Allocation: The failure of success”–built upon his work on aging and the elderly to consider citizen longevity in the postmodern era. In the 1990’s he published the first works on eldercare from the perspective of the family caregiver, work that sparked a subfield in gerontology. His 1990 Mirrored Lives was a close, detailed study of the geographic and social effects of fragile age. In addition, the KMA hosts included translators who are translating Prof. Koch’s latest book, Thieves of Virtue, into a Korean language edition.