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Outi Hannele Jolanki


Currently Professor Jolanki works as a research director and a senior researcher at the Tampere University, Faculty of Social Sciences and at the University of Jyväskylä, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Finland. Her central tasks are linked to the activities of the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care, which is a joint centre of the University of Jyväskylä, Tampere University and University of Helsinki. The multidisciplinary centre of the CoE AgeCare studies the questions of ageing, health of ageing population, agency of older people, housing and care policies, digitalization and migration in national and global contexts.

Professor Jolanki’s research covers different topics and the disciplines of social gerontology, sociology of health and illness, care studies, care and housing policies. She has a longstanding interest towards the concept of agency and the possibility of the individual people to make choices and act upon ageing, health, place of living and care. In recent years she has become interested in the ideas of geographical and environmental gerontology. In connection to this her research has focused on linkages between living environment and wellbeing, communal senior housing models, emerging housing models combining ordinary housing and service housing, and sustainable development goals in the context of ageing of population and old age policies.

With age, the health and social needs of older adults become more complex. Multimorbidity, the coexistence of two or more chronic diseases, occurs in more than half of adults over 65 years of age. At the same time, there is less availability of informal caregivers due to a narrower base in the population pyramid, the increasing number of women who have started working and the greater geographical distance between parent(s) and child(ren). The demand for health services and other forms of support (cleaning help, hot meals, etc.) is therefore increasing.

The intention is to gather scientific insights about major societal challenges in LIAS on the basis of international and interdisciplinary consultation.

Luc Sels

Rector KU Leuven and Co-Chair LIAS Foundation