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21 July 2017

AgeArc has been kicked off with four workshops in Greenland

Ageing in the Arctic

The number of older people in Greenland is currently increasing, however, knowledge about the older people's living conditions is still limited. AgeArc will change this by studying health, quality of life and well-being among older people in Greenland. The research is developed and conducted in a close collaboration between municipalities in Greenland and researchers from the University of Copenhagen, Ilisimatusarfik, The Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI),The University of Southern Denmark and University College UCC.

The project has now set off, as Associate Professor Tenna Jensen and Postdoc Kamilla Nørtoft from CoRe visited four different municipalities in Greenland. During their visit in May 2017, the researchers conducted workshops in Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Nuuk and Qaqortoq with municipality staff and representatives from local senior associations. At the four workshops, the needs and challenges of older people’s everyday lives as well as in eldercare were discussed.

In order to make the results of the research as relevant as possible for older people and municipalities, a precondition is that all partners take part in defining the project. Therefore, Tenna and Kamilla will be visiting Greenland again in September to discuss with the project partners, which primary areas should be further explored based on the results from the spring visit.

AgeArc will continue until the end of 2020 and has been granted 5.6 million DKK by the VELUX FOUNDATIONS. Read more about AgeArc here