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Ethnography, Social Ecology, Social Relationships

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Sean N. Halpin is a gerontologist, Associate Director of Research Studies at Emory University, and student in the Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies at the University of Georgia’s College of Education. His research interests include non-pharmacological interventions for maintaining health in older life. Correspondence regarding this review can be addressed to: Sean N. Halpin at snh17325@uga.edu.


I am very grateful to Dr. Kathy Roulston for your invaluable guidance in preparing this manuscript. Also thank you to Alison and Abigail Halpin for editorial assistance.

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