Isolation, loads of time, no one who listens and friends passing away one after another. Getting old often means getting lonely.
At a conference in Norrköping on 23-24 September, the loneliness and social isolation of older people will be investigated and discussed from a range of perspectives, with papers and discussions. The conference organiser is NISAL, the National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life at Linköping University.
“We’re delighted to have so many knowledgeable people converging here, specialists in the difficulties faced by the elderly, in relation to loneliness. As this is a working conference, we hope it will result in concrete proposals on how to address these issues”, says Elisabet Cedersund, professor at NISAL, Linköping University.
Speakers include international names such as Professor Christina Victor, Brunel University, Professor Mima Cattan, Northumbria University, and Professor Lars Andersson, Linköping University.
“We are also proud to host Ms. Anna Goodman, coordinator at Campaign to End Loneliness, London, and Professor Theo van Tilburgh from VU University Amsterdam, who will talk about loneliness after divorce”, says Elisabet Cedersund.
The conference and project are run by NISAL with support from the regional innovation venture New Tools for Health.
The conference is a pre-conference for the AAL Forum, the major annual conference and fair in the separate EU programme Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme. The AAL Forum will be held in Norrköping on 24-26 September this year, hosted by New Tools for Health.
Loneliness and social isolation among older people takes place on 23-24 September. Day one will be held at the Museum of Work in Norrköping, and day two at Louis De Geer konsert & kongress in Norrköping. The media are welcome to attend all or part of the conference.
Sofia Ström Bernad 2013-09-20