- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom Department of Sociological Studies (USFD)
- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom: School of Health and Related Research (USFD - ScHARR)
- Lunds Universitet, Sweden (ULUND)
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, Germany (UHEI)
- Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UNEW)
- National Institute of Health and Science on Aging, Italy (INRCA)
- Age Platform Europe, Brussels (AGE)
- Eurocarers, Luxembourg (EuCa)
- Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom (SHU)
- Latvian Council of Science, Latvia (LCS)
(Lead for Long-Term Care in Motion)
Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg’s Institute of Psychology / Department of Psychological Aging Research run by Prof. Hans-Werner Wahl, currently including a staff of 22 research associates, doctoral students and research assistants, comes with the ambition to provide findings in the areas of psychological adaptation across the lifespan, adjusting to chronic loss experiences as people age, person-environment transactions, and role of technology for ageing well, as well as intervention research. UHEI will cooperate in INNOVAGE with The Bethanien-Hospital / Geriatric Centre at Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg is one of the largest geriatric hospitals in Germany and a leading academic Geriatric Center in the geriatric concept of the state of Baden-Württemberg. The INNOVAGE relevant linkage between the University of Heidelberg and the Bethanien-Hospital is that the latter serves as a “Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus” (academic education hospital) for the university’s medical faculty. In cooperation with the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg and other national universities, students and PhD graduates from the medical, psychological, and gerontological faculties and faculties of care sciences and the faculty of sport science are trained and mentored.
- Key personnel involved in the project
Hans-Werner Wahl Senior Researcher (RTD and OTH) (time at no cost to project)
Klaus Hauer Senior Researcher
Additional Doctoral Students and Research Assistants will be recruited to the team.
- Main tasks attributed to them in the project
UHEI will deliver WP5, and contribute to Task 1 in WP2. UHEI will also contribute to Tasks 2 and 7 in WP6.
- Short profile and previous relevant experience
Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Wahl received his Ph.D. in psychology from the Free University of Berlin. Since 2006, he is Professor of Psychological Aging Research at the Institute of Psychology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, Germany. He chairs the Department of Psychological Ageing Research as well as is member of the Network of Ageing at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg His research activities include the understanding of the role of physical-technological environments for ageing well, adaptational processes in the context of age-related chronic functional loss, processes of awareness of ageing in a lifespan perspective and intervention research. He is the author or editor of 20 books and more than 200 scholarly journal articles and chapters related to the study of human ageing. He is co-editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Ageing and a member of the editorial board of The Gerontologist. Dr. Wahl is also a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and has received the 2008 Social Gerontology Award and the 2009 M. Powell Lawton Award of the GSA. Dr Wahl’s time to the project will be at no cost, and will be funded by UHEI.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Hauer is a gerontologist with international and interdisciplinary background. He graduates in 1985 in Biology and Sport Science, obtained a PhD in sport science in cooperation with the medical faculty of Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg. He is currently the Director of Research at the Bethanien Hospital since 2008 and also serves as an adjunct professor at the medical faculty of the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg. The latter affiliation is the relevant and legal connection with INNOVAGE. Dr Hauer has long-standing experience in research projects mainly focused on interventional studies related to physical training in frail old persons and its effect on motor, cognitive and socio-psychological status and the development and validation of research methods for use in older populations. He is a research consultant for the currently largest German ageing cohort study (ESTHER-study) at the DKFZ (German Cancer Research Center, Department Ageing epidemiology), Heidelberg.
Besides ongoing research projects funded by the German Research Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Humboldt Foundation, we were involved in major projects and initiatives funded by the European Commission such as most recently the project FUTURAGE and previously the projects ENABLE-AGE on the role of home environments for older adults in five European countries and MOBILATE on enhancing out-of-home mobility for older citizens in six European countries. Dr Hauer’s team is a partner in international research networks such as the Prevention of Falls Network in Europe (ProFaNE). The research group has a long-standing experience in interventional training studies in frail old persons with and without cognitive impairment. It is currently performing large RCTs and controlled studies for geriatric rehabilitation in patients with dementia and for the development of a dementia specific training program. The working group is also part of a large national AAL project (Motovotion 60+) which focuses on motivation to increase physical activity in older persons partly by use of serious games. The working group will be a partner of a large EU project for collecting biomedical and biomechanical data related to falls in older persons (FARSEEN).