Will everyone get the help they need...?

Mats Sjöstrand, f.d. generaldirektör, ordförande

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"

Statisitk ålderskurva i befolkningen


We are all getting older

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? 

Vital to be able to stand and walk

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.

Nature and sex

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?

Lecturers:

  • Professor Jari Ristiniemi lectures on development of society and age-obsessed stereo types
  • Docent Per Öberg describes his research on intimate relations as one gets older
  • Britt-Marie Sjölund, PhD, has studied the physical and mental well-being of the elderly
  • Doctoral student Eva Dahlkvist researches on garden/patio design as a health enhancing resource within health and care
  • David Hallman, PhD, shares his understanding of the importance of physical activity versus sedentariness for neck complaints
  • Professor Gloria Macassa concludes the day in English with a lecture on Abuse and Health among Elderly in Europe.

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
Email:  johanna.esplund@hig.se.

Maivor Hallén, Chief Librarian, Head of Department for Communications and Strategic Partnerships.
Tel: 070-605 66 26
Email: maivor.hallen@hig.se


Text: Douglas Öhrbom


Programme

  • 10.00 a.m. -10.30 a.m: The Development of Society and Age-obsessed stereo types. Identity in  late modern times, Jari Ristiniemi
  • 10.30 a.m. -11.00 a.m: New intimate relationships in the elderly, Peter Öberg
  • 11.00 a.m. -11.30 a.m: The physical and mental well-being of the elderly after discharge from hospital, Britt-Marie Sjölund
  • 11.30 a.m. -12.00 p.m. Viewings:
  • Choose between a presentation of the EXO-LEGS (exoskeleton legs) that assist elderly persons’ mobility with  Marita Olsson Narving and presentation of the student nurses high-tech clinical training facilities with state-of-the-art simulation manikins with Julia Högnelid. Assemble in the Krusenstjerna Hall.
  • 12.00 p.m. -12.45 p.m. Lunch in the Krusenstjerna Hall        N.B.  booking required.
  • 12.45 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. Viewings:
  • Choose between a presentation of the EXO-LEGS (exoskeleton legs) that assist elderly persons’ mobility with  Marita Olsson Narving and presentation of the student nurses high-tech clinical training facilities with state-of-the-art simulation manikins with Julia Högnelid. Assemble in the Krusenstjerna Hall.
  • 1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m. Garden/patio design as a health enhancing resource within health and care Eva Dahlkvist
  • 2.00 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. The importance of physical activity versus sedentariness for neck complaints David Hallman
  • 2.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. Abuse and Health among Elderly in Europe, Gloria Macassa (in English)

Moderator: Maivor Hallén



Public and Science


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

Page updated 2016-09-25


Published by: Douglas Öhrbom Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2016-09-29
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