One of our biggest challenges is to create long-term sustainable welfare. The University of Gävle works actively with these issues as part of our vision for a sustainable habitat. We now present our research within the field “Seniors” on this year’s "Research Friday"
In twenty years’ time it has been calculated that ten percent of the population in Sweden will be eighty years old or older and geriatric care faces major challenges.
Have we any strategy for a sustainable welfare system, have we got the understanding that is needed and will everyone be able to get the help they need?
When researchers have asked "seniors" about the most vital issue in their day-to-day life the answer is to be able to stand up and walk. A sedentary lifestyle and lack of outdoor activities has become a public health problem.
We also know that many want to live at home as long as they can, but the support needed when one runs out of energy and health deteriorates needs to be developed.
Research also shows the value of contact with nature for general health throughout life. What chances do the elderly have of getting out to get exercise?
There are many myths about the elderly, for example about "seniors" and sex. The desire for sex is present in all age groups, but who asks "seniors" about their needs?
In between the lectures there will be presentations of the EXO-LEGS (exoskeleton legs) that assist elderly persons’ mobility, and the student nurses high-tech clinical training facilities with state-of-the-art simulation manikins.
“Very encouraging that there has been such a lot of interest from the profession. We are fully booked and participants are coming from the whole of our region to this meeting between researchers, decision makers, professionals and the general public,” says Johanna Esplund, Communications Officer responsible.
Date: Friday the 30th of September
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Place: The University Library, Krusenstjerna Hall (Kungsbäcksvägen 47)
For further information, please contact:
Johanna Esplund, Communications Officer and responsible for "Research Friday"
Tel: 026-64 87 16
Maivor Hallén, Chief Librarian, Head of Department for Communications and Strategic Partnerships.
Tel: 070-605 66 26
Text: Douglas Öhrbom
Moderator: Maivor Hallén
Research Friday is coordinated by the organisation Public and Science
The programme is a part of Research Friday which in turn is a component of the European Researchers' Night.
Hundreds of activities are presented all over Europe on the fourth Friday in September to show how exciting and cool research is.
Research Friday is coordinated by Public and Sciences and is sponsored by Afa Insurance, IKEM (Innovation and Chemical Industries in Sweden), Jernkontoret (The Swedish Steel Producers Association), Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien (The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities), LIF (The Research-based Pharmaceutical Industry), Na – Naturvetarna (The Swedish Association of Professional Scientists, Oscar and Maria Ekman’s Foundation, Sveriges ingenjörer (The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers), SULF (The Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchs, Teknikföretagen (Swedish Industrial Corporations), Wenner-Gren Foundations, Vetenskapsrådet (The Swedish Research Council), Vinnova (Sweden’s Innovation Agency), ÅF Forsk (The Åforsk Foundation) and the European Commission.
Published by: Douglas Öhrbom
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