Ageing in digitalised societies: new sources of exclusion and inequality?

Arianna Poli, psychologist, is Ph.D. candidate in Ageing and Later Life at the Division Ageing and Social Change (ASC), Linköping University. Her research lies within the field of social gerontology, particularly in the intersection of ageing, new technologies and inequality.

Her thesis work is conducted within Supporting Self-care by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Older People with Long-term Conditions (ICT4Self-Care) programme funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE). 

She obtained her Master’s Degree in Psychology in 2012 at the University of Bologna and got a second-level specialisation course in Psychology of Ageing at the University of Padua in 2013. She had been Research Assistant (2013-2015) at the Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing of the National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA) in Ancona (Italy), where she contributed to the European project INNOVAGE

She is currently affiliated PhD student to the Swedish National Graduate School on Ageing and Health (SWEAH) and member of the COST Action Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion Through Collaborations in Research and Policy (ROSEnet) by contributing to the related PhD Forum and Working Group on Exclusion from Services.

Research projects

Supporting Self-care by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Older People with Long-term Conditions (ICT4Self-Care)

The purpose of ICT4Self-Care is to build evidence-based knowledge and practice about innovative person-centered ICT tools for support to older people with long-term conditions and their family carers in order to manage self-care independently and stay healthy, independent and socially active for as long as possible, delay/avoid institutionalization and improve quality of life.

The program has four overall aims:

  1. To explore how older people with long-term illness, family carers, health care professionals, patient/carers organizations and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can be involved in the design, evaluation and implementation of different ICT tools in order to support self-care.
  2. To address presuppositions and consequences of social selectivity in the development and evaluation of ICT tools for self-care.
  3. To evaluate the effectiveness of ICT tools to support self-care in older people with long-term conditions and their family carers through intervention studies.
  4. To explore how to facilitate the implementation of the ICT tools in clinical practice when found to improve health, activity, quality of life and/or cost-effectiveness of care. 

ICT4Self-Care

 

COST Action Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion Through Collaborations in Research and Policy (ROSEnet)

Old-age exclusion involves interchanges between multi-level risk factors, processes and outcomes. Varying in form and degree across the older adult life course, its complexity, impact and prevalence is amplified by old-age vulnerabilities, accumulated disadvantage for some groups, and constrained opportunities to ameliorate exclusion. Old-age exclusion leads to inequities in choice and control, resources and relationships, and power and rights in key domains of life. Old-age exclusion implicates states, societies, communities and individuals.

ROSEnet is guided by five questions:

  1. What knowledge is available on old-age exclusion?  
  2. What is the best conceptual approach for understanding old age exclusion?
  3. How is old-age exclusion constructed?
  4. What are the implications of old-age exclusion?
  5. How do we reduce old-age exclusion?

ROSEnet

 

Swedish National Graduate School on Ageing and Health (SWEAH)

The mission of the "Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health" is to develop efficient and creative cooperation among Swedish Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and relevant national and international partners. The National Graduate School is funded by the Swedish Research Council. The overarching long-term goal is to develop and strengthen the recruitment base of future leaders in research on ageing and health by creating a sustainable multi- and cross-disciplinary national graduate school for competitive science, which will ultimately lead to improved quality of life, health, medical treatment, and care for our ageing population. 

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  • Registered as chartered Psychologist at National Association of Psychologists since 2013 
  • Member of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) since 2016 
  • Affiliated to Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health (SWEAH) since 2015
 

CV

  • PhD, Epidemiology, 1998.
  • Bachelor’s degree, Psychological Sciences, 2009
  • Master’s degree, Psychology, 2012
  • Second-level Short Specialisation degree, Psychology of Ageing, 2013
 

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