Ageing in the Arctic (Age Arc) joins Greenland Perspective – University of Copenhagen

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01 May 2017

Ageing in the Arctic (Age Arc) joins Greenland Perspective

Healthy ageing

The project Ageing in the Arctic (AgeArc) aims to remedy the lack of knowledge about living conditions of older people in Greenland through cultural-analytical and cultural-historical studies as well as population surveys. The project, funded with 5,6 million DKK by VELUX FONDEN, is now joining the Greenland Perspective initiative.

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The number of older people is increasing these years, but currently little is known about their living conditions. The combined research and development project AgeArc, headed by associate professor Tenna Jensen, Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the Humanities (CoRe) at the University of Copenhagen, is aiming to remedy this situation:

- Our research will contribute to the development and implementation of new health promoting initiatives and solutions in the Greenlandic municipalities as well as suggestions for improving the education for health care personnel, says Tenna Jensen and continues:

- The project matches the profile of Greenland Perspective as it integrates municipal and care practices and research. The ambition is to explore and use existing cultural knowledge regarding living condition in Greenland and individual experiences with the current practices. The aim is to obtain new knowledge about the uniqueness of the culture and incorporate the resources of the local population and the municipalities into research on health, well-being and quality of life and wants for health initiatives among older people.

The municipalities are essential for the implementation of new actions generated by the project.

- We are very excited about the AgeArc project. The expected knowledge is important for the future actions for older people in the municipality and we value that the implementation of new initiatives will take place in the municipalities says Keld Jensen, development manager at the Municipality of Kujalleq.

AgeArc will be further developed and completed in close collaboration between the municipalities in Greenland and researchers from University of Copenhagen, Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland), The Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI), University of Southern Denmark, and University College Copenhagen.