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Great interest in new perspective on aging

Published: 15 September 2016

The lecture hall at Vetenskapens Hus was filled to the brim when Ariel Almevall and Catharina Melander, PhD students at Luleå University of Technology, raised new and different perspectives on aging.

– I am 78 years and feel that I develop all the time. I do not want to become the lump incumbent on senior housing, we must look more to the individual. I went here to hear what they say about the aging process and from my point of view I agree, says Berit Pettersson, one of the audience.

Extra chairs were carried out in batches so all visitors would have somewhere to sit. The interest in the topic was huge and attracted both older people and staff in senior activities. The lecture highlighted new and different perspectives on aging, reasoning the opportunities that exist in society today for the elderly and the unique process the aging implies.

– We take the support of Professor Lars Tornstams theory of Geotranscendens, which is a different way of looking at old age, says Catharina Melander, PhD student in Nursing.

Changed outlook on life

Tornstams theory implies that older people gradually changes their views on existence, life and themselves.

– Something happens when you have lived a very long life and abandon this chronological life and age. It affects how much you think about values ​​and what is important in one's daily life, says Ariel Almevall.

Britt Bergman is active in the Swedish National Pensioners’ Organisation and came to listen to the lecture. She feels positive after listening and have received a wider perspective on her aging.
– I got a kick in the butt. We learn and grow as long as we live, and it can be of great use.

Today's society idealize youth and what does that mean for people who reach old age?

– If we reflect on how we look at the older person and the aging process in general, the knowledge increase and we can see that aging contains more dimensions than the chronological age and that there is an added value, says Catharina Melander, PhD Student in Nursing.

– Tornstams theory sees the enormous wealth that one can have as an older person and then we need space to reflect as we did here today, but also generally in more places in society, continues Ariel Almevall.