Center for Healthy Aging (CEHA)
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Co-creation activities for elderly citizens in the Municipality of Ishøj
Funded by the Municipality of Ishøj with 80.000 DKK. The project is headed by postdoc Aske Juul Lassen and associate professor Astrid Jespersen. Research assistant, Cammilla Bundgård Toft, is daily coordinator of the project. Based at Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the Humanities and Centre for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen.
This research project studies co-creation of activities for elderly people in the Municipality of Ishøj. The co-creation processes involve citizens, volunteers and municipal employees who work together to create sustainable life-quality promoting activities for elderly people.
Through qualitative studies of meeting-points between municipal and private actors the project explores how the cooperation takes place and brings new insights into the possibilities and barriers of collaboration. The project follows different collaborative activities in Ishøj and explores what types of roles, relations and activities arise in the co-creation processes.
Implementation of welfare technologies for elderly citizens
Postdoc project by Sara Marie Ertner
Marie's research focuses on the design and implementation of welfare technologies for elderly people. Based on ethnographic and qualitative methods her research examines the intermingling of welfare technologies, elderly users, and everyday practices.
More specifically it explores visions, expectations, and ideas for welfare technological innovations in healthcare, and the social and material effects of these techno-political initiatives as they unfold in practice. Fieldwork is being conducted in the Center for Healthy Aging’s affiliated municipalities.
The role of intergenerational relationships in old-age transitions
Postdoc project by Kamilla Pernille Johansen Nørtoft
Using an ethnographic approach, Kamilla aims to explore how older people’s decisions, opportunities, and experiences of age in relation to transitions are linked to their intergenerational relationships. The main focus points are the transitions from working life to retirement, and from one home to another. Fieldwork is being conducted in the Center for Healthy Aging’s affiliated municipalities.
Local practices of active ageing
Project by Aske Juul Lassen
Aske Juul Lassen researches how the concept of ‘active ageing’ is translated into local policy, and how active ageing is practiced at activity centres, municipal settings, and NGOs.
He focuses on the ways that active ageing policies both intervene in and are formed by everyday practices, with a specific interest in the role of civil society in a changing welfare state. In collaboration with the Center for Healthy Aging’s affiliated municipalities, his research is used to develop healthy ageing interventions.
Locating Practices of Old Age
PhD project by Anders Møller
The aim of the project is to investigate, how old age was configured and transformed. This is studied within the specific practices in the setting of the old age home in the municipality of Copenhagen from 1891. The old age home is studied as a site, where old age and aging bodies are configured in different practices of regulations, knowledge productions and materializations.
This is done at three different points in time, tentatively described as establishment (1891-1910), modernization (1930-1940) and standardization (1950-1960). By describing and analyzing different homes for the elderly, as well as the changing facilities, interiors, staff, wordings, stuff is it the ambition of the project to qualify different practices and transformations of old age.
Empowering community health: a cultural analysis of how ‘health’ and ‘quality of life’ are enacted in a Danish municipality
PhD project by Amy Clotworthy
Amy’s research follows the work of municipal officials and external consultants as they collaborate to design and implement new health-promotion initiatives targeted at the elderly; in this context, she examines the social, organisational, and technological resources that various actors in a Danish municipality find meaningful.
Using ethnographic fieldwork and cultural analysis, she will describe how such resources relate to older people’s everyday practices of ‘the good life’ as well as how collective interactions constitute different forms of ‘community’.
‘Healthy aging’ among ethnic minorities in Denmark
PhD project by Nanna Hilm
Nanna’s research project investigates state-citizen encounters through municipal health-promotion initiatives targeted at ethnic minorities in Denmark. Using ethnographic research methods, she explores Turkish immigrants’ everyday practices of health, their perceptions of age, and their experiences within Danish society at large from a life course perspective.
Furthermore, she examines the ways in which meanings of ‘healthy aging’ and ‘the good life’ are created and enacted within the context of health-promotion initiatives, and she looks at how certain ideas of health and aging may intersect with various historical, cultural, and socio-political conditions. This focus will provide insights into the situated effects of public-health policies.