New Advances in Aging
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Aging".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 45345
Interests: informal caregivers; active and healthy aging; intergenerational relationships; use of ICT in elderly care and active aging programs
Interests: non-profit organizations; volunteering; social enterprise and active aging; social psychology of aging
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2. Research Institute on Social Welfare Policy (Polibienstar), University of Valencia, 46022 Valencia, Spain
Interests: long-term care; socioeconomic inequalities; social inclusion; social innovation; quality of services
The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health intends to publish a monographic issue on “New Advances in Aging”. Sara Santini, Cristina Gagliardi, and Georgia Casanova, senior researchers at INRCA–IRCCS, Italy’s National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing, Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing) will serve as guest editors.
We are witnesses of the global population aging that is questioning healthcare and welfare systems’ as well as family ecosystems’ sustainability from a psychological, social, medical, and economic perspective. This scenario has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic, in fact, on the one side, has brought to light the weaknesses of many healthcare systems. On the other side, the COVID-19 crisis has triggered social and technological innovation to counteract the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic on the older population and on their formal (e.g., doctors and nurses) and informal caregivers, mainly family members. The coronavirus infection hits especially hard older people with poor health and multiple chronic diseases who, if infected, are at risk of rapid physical health deterioration up to death. Moreover, older people with poor mental health and attending daycare facilities are also experiencing a decrease of cognitive capabilities and an increase of symptoms attributable to depression due to the interruption of the health interventions and services as a consequence of the stay-at-home and physical distancing policies adopted by all governments around the world (to different extents and at different times) for the containment of the virus. Furthermore, older adults who were active in their family and in the community have been limited by the lockdown to a detriment of their health and well-being.
In light of the above, scholars are called to contribute to advance knowledge and practice about aging to address the recent changes in healthcare and social services. There is a need for new psychosocial theories and research protocols which can help to read and interpret the aging phenomenon in a new society and for innovative solutions and evidence-based interventions to improve long-term care, promote healthy and active aging, and support informal caregivers.
To this purpose, this Special Issue aims at collecting high-quality contributions looking at the aging process from a multidisciplinary and life-course perspective and focusing on different typologies of older people (e.g., active older adults and older people with long-term care needs) in their living environment (e.g., home, care facilities, daycare center, community).
Cross-national comparisons providing an updated overview of the state of the art in this respect will be particularly welcome, with a view of covering, in particular (but not exclusively), topics such as those listed here and not exclusively linked to the COVID-19 pandemic:
• Advancements in psychosocial theory on aging and:
- physical and mental health
- social connections
- family and intergenerational relationships
- life-course and gender perspective
• Social and technological innovation in long-term care (LTC) including:
- strategies for bettering older people’s and family caregivers’ quality of life and innovative community care policies and services
- measures for contrasting social isolation and loneliness
- strategies for counteracting the undirected effects of LTC on older people’s family from an economic and wellbeing perspective
- assistive technologies and ICTs targeting older people with chronic diseases, dementia, and long-term care needs
- support services for family of older people with dementia
• Advancements in knowledge and practice on intergenerational caregiving
- the role and challenges of home care providers in elderly care
- informal caregivers of older people
• Innovation in advancing the healthy and active aging paradigm and preventing early physical and mental decline:
- new strategies and services for supporting older adults remain healthy and active during the COVID-19 pandemic
- digital literacy and older people’s access to online healthcare services and information
- social farming as a means od boosting active aging
- art-based measures and practices (run in person or online) for promoting older people’s wellbeing
All works will be peer reviewed by experts of the specific field of interest. The deadline for delivery is 31 July 2023.
Dr. Sara Santini
Dr. Cristina Gagliardi
Dr. Casanova Georgia
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- psychosocial theory on aging
- social and technological innovation
- intergenerational relationships
- long-term care
- healthy and active aging