Pre-Congress Meetings

Apply for participation according to instructions for each meeting below.

Geriatric Nursing

The goal of nursing research is to develop a body of knowledge that will support and advance nursing practice, and the distinctness of the discipline is to focus on health and illness from a subjective, contextual and daily life perspective. The capability approach is a broad normative framework for the conceptualization, evaluation and assessment of individual wellbeing and social opportunities that include dimensions of freedom, agency, intrinsic values, functionings, resources, utility and the process of public debate (Sen, 1992; Robeyns, 2005). Although the approach puts human agency at the center of the stage, the options that an older person has in everyday life depend greatly on his or her functional ability, relations with others, social circumstances and public policy (Drèze & Sen, 2002).

While several aspect of the approach might have relevance for nursing research, in this chapter, we will focus on the agentic capability perspective that emphasize capability as the person’s ability to govern his or her life, to do the things that he or she have reason to value, and to be the person he or she wants to be (Robeyns, 2008). We propose that health in the fourth age can be regarded as having the personal capability to master the gains and losses of late-life, and to experience wellbeing while living with functional disability and chronic illness. We also propose that, from a nursing standpoint, the is particularly interesting since it health and capability is highly influenced by the individual’s resilience (i.e. to be both an agent of change and a model of stability), and self-efficacy (i.e. the beliefs a person holds regarding his or her ability to affect situations and execute courses of action required to deal with life).

Chair: Hanna Falk, AgeCap & University of Gothenburg
Co-hosts: Helle Wijk, University of Gothenburg; Anna-Karin Edberg, Kristianstad University; Jimmie Kristensson, Lund University; Annelie Orrung Walling; Kristianstad University
Venue: Institute of Health and care Science, University of Gothenburg
Time: May 22nd, 13:00 – 17:00

Fee: None.
How to Register: Registration to the pre-congress meeting in geriatric nursing will open in October 2018.

Performances, processes and representations of age and ageing

The global challenge of an ageing population calls for multi-disciplinary research and knowledge-building. This pre-congress aims to bring together international scholars addressing performances, processes and representations of age and ageing. Themes to be discussed can range from (but are by no means limited to) cultural representations of age and ageing, discrimination and ageism, capabilities, digital inequalities, democracy, sustainable welfare system, memory, dementia, care, and medical humanities.

This pre-congress will be hosted in collaboration between and sponsored by the Aging Graz Research Group at C.IAS – Center for Inter-American Studies, University of Graz and AgeCap (Centre for Ageing and Health), University of Gothenburg.

Chair: Maria Edström and Eva-Maria Svensson, AgeCap & University of Gothenburg
Co-hosts: AGEDEM, Faculty of Social Science (Department of Political Science and Department of Journalism, Media and Communication) and Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Department of Law)
Venue: School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg (Vasagatan 1, Gothenburg)
Time: May 22nd, 9:00 – 15:00

Fee: For non-Graz/AgeCap-participants approximately 200 SEK (will be collected at site).
How to Register: Application should be sent to maria.edstrom@gu.se at the latest 2019-02-19.

Ageing and its boundaries in a historical perspective

Having a long life is no longer the privilege of a selected few. On the contrary it is something expected by the majority. However, in the growing research field studying the lives and health of elderly, this new demographic situation also creates a demand for a historical perspective on elderly’s quality of life. To establish links between the present and the past can give us a better understanding of current as well as future challenges.

This pre-congress meeting wants to bring scholars together interested in discussing research dealing with age, ageing and health from a historical perspective. Who have been defined as old in different cultures over time and space, when did older age become a phase in life which was seen as a problem or an opportunity, and how have societies and in the past dealt with and taken care of their older citizens? These are a few examples of questions and research topics that could be discussed at this meeting.

We welcome short presentations (5-10 min) of on-going research or research questions that you want to bring forward. The spectrum of themes can be wide, as long as they relate to age and ageing in some kind of historical perspective.

Chair: Ulrika Lagerlöf Nilsson and Helene Castenbrandt, AgeCap & University of Gothenburg
Co-hosts: Department of Historical Studies,The Faculty of Arts, University of Gothenburg
Venue: Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg (Eklandagatan 86, Gothenburg)
Time: May 22nd, 13:00 – 17:00

Fee: None.
How to Register: Application should be sent to ulrika.lagerlof.nilsson@history.gu.se at the latest 2019-03-01.

“Ageing and the labour market”
– interdisciplinary workshop for young researchers

Extended working lives are often brought forward to secure the financial sustainability of pension systems in ageing societies. The challenges and possibilities of this development includes a variety of disciplines. However, research quite often follows a one-dimensional approach which may not be able to fully capture the mechanisms that define the ageing workforce.

The aim of this workshop will be twofold.
First, it offers a platform for interdisciplinary discussions on the ageing work force and retirement. It is open for young scholars from disciplines related to psychology, sociology and social policy, epidemiology, public health and management. The focus will be on late careers and determinants of retirement transitions (working conditions, health and capability for prolonged working lives) but also on effects of retirement on health and well-being.
Second, it will be open for discussions on aspects and challenges of career development as a young researcher in the field of ageing and retirement, taking the interdisciplinarity of the topic into account.

Chair: Stefanie König, AgeCap & Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg
Co-hosts: Marcus Praetorius Björk for AgeCap Greenhouse
Venue: Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg (Haraldsgatan 1, Gothenburg)
Time: May 22nd, 13:00 – 17:00

Fee: None.
How to Register: Application should be sent to stefanie.konig@psy.gu.se at the latest 2019-03-01.

Geropsychology – Career opportunities for psychologists and psychological treatment for older adults.

A growing older population means a growing need of psychological knowledge and expertise on mental health in older adults.

The focus of the meeting is twofold;

First we will discuss education and specialization in geropsychology for psychologists. Members from the Norwegian Psychological Association (NPF) will contribute with their experience from the work on the development of the five-year specialist education in Clinical Geropsychology for authorized psychologists in Norway.

In the second part of the meeting we focus on clinical psychological practice and more specifically on the development and adjustment of established psychological treatment methods for older adults. Experiences from two projects on development and implementation of group therapy with older adults will be presented; group therapy using Unified Protocol in a psychiatric clinic and Existential group therapy within a primary care context.

Chair: Anne Ingeborg Berg, AgeCap & the Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg; Birgitta Ingridsdotter The Swedish Association of Geropsychology (SGF); and Sara Hed AgeCap & the Psychiatric clinic for older adults, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg

Co-hosts: The Swedish Association of Geropsychology (SGF), the Psychiatric clinic for older adults, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, and the Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg

Venue: Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg (Haraldsgatan 1, Gothenburg).

Time: May 22nd, 13:00 – 17:00

Fee: None.
How to Register: Application should be sent to anne.berg@psy.gu.se at the latest 2019-03-01