NorLAG Den norske studien av livsløp, aldring og generasjon
Bestemor med barnebarn på fanget i blomstereng. Foto: colourbox.com

Engasjerte besteforeldre

by thomas

Hjelper dagens besteforeldre nok til med barnebarna? Både småbarnsforeldre og besteforeldre er tydelige på at besteforeldre bør engasjere seg i barnebarnas liv. Og stadig flere ser ut til å gjøre nettopp det.

Hjelper dagens besteforeldre nok til med barnebarna? Spørsmålet har skapt debatt og sterke følelser i sommer etter at en trebarnsmor skrev et kritisk innlegg på NRK.no om at dagens besteforeldre er mest opptatt av seg selv og i liten grad bryr seg om barnebarna.

NOVA-forsker Katharina Herlofson ved OsloMet kunne i reportasjene og debattene som fulgte, berolige opprørte besteforeldre med at jo, norske besteforeldre bruker faktisk mye tid sammen med barnebarna sine.

Herlofson er aldersforsker og er del av teamet som står bak NOVA-undersøkelsen om livsløp, aldring og generasjon (NorLAG).  Studiene hennes av besteforeldre er i all hovedsak basert på data fra denne undersøkelsen som inkluderer et stort landsomfattende utvalg av kvinner og menn fra 40 år og oppover.

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To eldre venninner spiser middag sammen. Foto: colourbox

Promoting senior voluntarism in Oslo

NOVA-researcher Thomas Hansen is now a member of the advisory board of a 3-year project which aims to promote senior volunteering in Oslo.

In a 3-year project Oslo Municipality together with voluntary organizations will aim to implement innovative strategies to recruit and retain senior volunteers

 

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NorLAG at the IAGG congress

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Nine NOVA researchers will participate at the 9th IAGG congress in Gothenburg May 24-25. They will present altogether 8 papers based on NorLAG data.

NOVA arranges two symposium:

Symposium S88 – Income Levels, Trends and Changes and the Impact on Health Inequalities in Later Life – a Nordic Perspective (Marijke Veenstra).

Symposium S111 – Volunteering in Later Life: Activity, Motivation and Barriers (Thomas Hansen)

 

Papers:

Marijke Veenstra: The Role of Subjective Age in Sustaining Health and Wellbeing Over Time. A 15-Year Panel Study on Felt-age and Ideal-age Discrepancies in the Second Half of Life. 

Thomas Hansen: Development of Loneliness in Midlife and Old Age: Its Nature and Correlates

Thomas Hansen: Army of volunteers? Middle-aged and older Norwegians’ participation, motivation and willingness to commit to volunteering

Hanna Vangen Nordbø, Marja Aartsen & Katharina Herlofson: How Relationship History and Responsibility Norms Matter for Provision of Care to Parents. A 10-year Follow-up of Middle-aged Daughters and Sons in Norway

Marja Aartsen & Thomas Hansen: Fifteen-year Trajectories of Loneliness in Norwegian Older Adults: A Latent Class Growth Analysis

Per Erik Solem: Component-specific intervention against ageism in working life

Hanna Vangen Nordbø mfl.: The NorLAG study: Life-course, Ageing and Generations in Norway (poster)

Tale Hellevik & Katharina Herlofson: The oldest workers and the importance of earlier work situation and retirement plans. A ten-year follow-up study from Norway (poster)

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Maja Grøtting. Foto: StudioVest/NOVA

PhD defence on May 29

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Maja W. Grøtting will defend her PhD dissertation "Empirical essays on health and aging" at the University of Bergen on May 29.

Maja’s dissertation comprises research papers that explores different aspects of aging and health using data from the Norwegian NorLAG study. Her work has been part of a larger project on social health inequalities in later life.

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Eldre mann og to gutter lager pinnebrød på bål. Tur i fjellet. Foto: colourbox

Older people happier in the Nordic countries

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Rates of loneliness and depressive symptoms among older adults is up to three times higher in eastern European countries than in north-western Europe. These problems are particularly prevalent among women in the Eastern countries.

Gender differences are comparably minor in the north-western countries. Cross-country and gendered inequalities in late-life wellbeing are largely explained by differences in health, social factors and socio-economic resources, which in turn may be driven by macro-level socio-economic and welfare conditions.

Generous welfare provision and pension spending may moderate the exposure to, and impact of, some of the determinants of late-life loneliness and depression. Modern welfare states seem able to delay or to give some protection from the risk of poor quality of life in later life.

These findings are publisehed in Population Europe Discussion Paper no. 10. The paper is authored by Thomas Hansen and Britt Slagsvold, both from NOVA/OsloMet.

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