Researching ageing with life-long disabilities

When I enrolled in NISAL’s doctoral program in 2003, I already had extensive experience of gerontological practice.

With a background in elderly care planning and provision, I am among those with the most practical experience in the institute and one that bridges gaps between care practice and critical gerontology theory.

My dissertation explores the possible significance of social and chronological age on the experience of physical impairment and the lived experience with disability. The empirical material consisted of life course interviews with individuals between 56-72 years who, by their own definition, had been living with impairments for at least 30 years.

Presently, I am senior lecturer in Ageing and Later Life. Since 2011 I am linked to CEDER (Center for dementia research), which is a large six-year programme with the ambition to conduct social scientific and humanistic research around persons living with dementia diseases. At NISAL I belong to a group of researchers studying ageing with life-long disabilities. At CEDER I am part of a research group focusing on how the conditions for people with dementia to practise their citizenship is regarded and realised. Another research interest is retirement migration and I am involved in a project, led by prof. Eva Jeppsson Grassman, exploring the parishes of the Church of Sweden established in foreign countries, considering their roles and activities, with particular focus on migration, ageing and the last phases of life.


Selected Publications