June 6, 2023
CareAge - Ageing societies: research, education, and practice – Sustainable collaboration in old age care
The ageing societies in an EU perspective face challenges and opportunities. The number of older adults living with chronic diseases, multi-morbidity and dementia or other mental health illnesses is growing, leading to pressure on both the old age care sector and on relatives. This can only be understood, dealt with, and taken advantage from through interdisciplinary collaboration.
The conference highlights how it is possible to build bridges between academia/research, practice, and Ph.D. education – and how we can cooperate and work together in a long-time perspective. Due to this background the CareSam network host a conference in Brussels. The Conference departs from the basic assumption that ageing and ageing societies must be understood through interdisciplinary approaches and that academia, students, and the field of practice gain from collaboration. Better quality of life and healthier lives means increased human life expectancy in late modern societies. The growth of ageing populations indeed represents a valuable resource, but is also brings societal and economic challenges, as parts of the ageing population will represent vulnerable lives. At the same time the health and care sector suffer from a recruitment crisis, with staff shortage and quick staff turnover. Digital health technologies are seen as a solution to some of these problems, but a solution that demands new competences from staff and older adults themselves. To be able to understand and face the challenges in ethically responsible ways it is necessary to join resources and interdisciplinary perspectives from academia and practice in sustainable cross border collaboration.