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Old Age Democratization? Progresses and Inequalities in Switzerland

English title Old Age Democratization? Progresses and Inequalities in Switzerland
Applicant Oris Michel
Number 129922
Funding scheme Sinergia
Research institution Centre Interfacultaire de Gérontologie et d'Études des Vulnérabilités (CIGEV) Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Sociology
Start/End 01.11.2010 - 31.10.2014
Approved amount 2'345'939.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Discipline
Sociology
Geriatrics
Psychology

Keywords (4)

Aging; Old Age; Inequalities; Human Development

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
This project proposes to investigate the living conditions of the aged population in Switzerland and to address the diversity of these conditions using an interdisciplinary approach. The study will rely on a survey that will be conducted in 2010. For two French-speaking cantons, the data collected will be confronted to the findings of previous surveys conducted in 1979 and 1994/95, with the aim of estimating changes and continuity in the living conditions.Aging is a major challenge in all industrialized countries. Indeed, over the last century, the proportion of people aged 80 has multiplied by eight! Furthermore, in recent decades, the expectation of life without major illness has risen faster than life expectancy, while the prevalence of dependency decreased among the elderly. A substantial number of positive changes occurred from 1979 to 1994/95. However, nothing ensures that similar trends are persisting. Further, the characteristics of the aged population in 2010 cannot be satisfactorily predicted on the basis of previous data. Indeed, the structure of the aged population drastically changed. More importantly, new generations carrying their own their specificities will soon reach the age of retirement and old age. Provided these various changes, our project will address two major issues simultaneously: heterogeneity among the elderly, i.e. inequalities, and sustainability of the previous positive trends in terms of social participation, health, and longevity.Our theoretical approach will be centered on the concept of resources, as conceived in the theory of lifespan human development and further enriched by sociologists within the life course paradigm. Globally, we consider how resources are built through individual lives embedded in family trajectories and socioeconomic, cultural and political contexts. Thus, we will first estimate how health, family, residency, and occupational lifelong trajectories have constructed the pool of resources available to aged individuals. We further intend to assess the diversity of these resources and the way they are managed by individuals to best maintain an active life, high levels of well-being, autonomy, and health. We will also consider how, in the current experiences of aging, available individual resources interact with accessible sociostructural resources. Such a resource-based, interdisciplinary approach will provide a powerful tool with which to identify the most relevant predictors of well-being, in the past and the present, as well as the levers on which individual action and social policies can push to predict losses and/or promote successful aging processes.
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Publication
“Vivre/Leben/Vivere”: An interdisciplinary survey addressing progress and inequalities of aging over the past 30 years in Switzerland
Ludwig Catherine, Cavalli Stefano, Oris Michel (2014), “Vivre/Leben/Vivere”: An interdisciplinary survey addressing progress and inequalities of aging over the past 30 years in Switzerland, in Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 59, 240-248.
« Votre questionnaire est trop policier ! » De la distance sociale dans une enquête quantitative auprès d’immigrés retraités résidant en Suisse
Kaeser Laure (2014), « Votre questionnaire est trop policier ! » De la distance sociale dans une enquête quantitative auprès d’immigrés retraités résidant en Suisse, in Genèses, 96(3), 157-174.
Articuler recherche et travail social : l'exemple de la migration
Bolzmann Claudio (2014), Articuler recherche et travail social : l'exemple de la migration, in Voelin Sabine, Lindenau Mathias, Eser Davolio Miryam (ed.), Interact Verlag, Lucerne, 357-368.
La participation sociale, une action située entre biographie, histoire et structures
Bickel Jean-François (2014), La participation sociale, une action située entre biographie, histoire et structures, in Hummel Cornelia, Mallon Isabelle, Caradec Vincent (ed.), Le Sens social, Rennes, 207-226.
La participation sociale, une action située entre biographie, histoire et structures
Bickel Jean-François (2014), La participation sociale, une action située entre biographie, histoire et structures, in Caradec Vincent, Mallon Isabelle, Hummel Cornelia (ed.), Presses universitaires de Rennes, Rennes, 207-226.
Old age and its challenges to identity
Spini Dario, Jopp Daniela (2014), Old age and its challenges to identity, in Breakwell Glynis M., Jaspal Rudi (ed.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 295-315.
Old Age and its challenges to identity
Spini Dario, Jopp Daniela (2014), Old Age and its challenges to identity, G. Breakwell, G. & Jaspal, R, Cambridge, 295-315.
Older displaced persons
Bolzmann Claudio (2014), Older displaced persons, in Long Katy, Fiddian-Qasmiyeh Elena, Loescher Gil, Sigona Nando (ed.), Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations, Oxford, 409-419.
Partnerships, family and personal configurations
Widmer Eric (2014), Partnerships, family and personal configurations, in Treas Judith, Richards Martin, Scott Jacqueline (ed.), John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 236-254.
Sequence Analysis and Transition to Adulthood: An Exploration of the Access to Reproduction in Nineteenth-Century East Belgium
Oris Michel, Ritschard Gilbert (2014), Sequence Analysis and Transition to Adulthood: An Exploration of the Access to Reproduction in Nineteenth-Century East Belgium, in Blanchard Philippe, Bühlmann Felix, Gauthier Jacques-Antoine (ed.), Springer, Berlin, (2), 151-168.
Ageing immigrants and the question of return: New answers to an old dilemma?
Bolzman Claudio (2013), Ageing immigrants and the question of return: New answers to an old dilemma?, in Percival John (ed.), Policy Press, Bristol, 67-87.
Ageing of immigrants and the question of return : new answers to an old dilemma ?
Bolzman Claudio (2013), Ageing of immigrants and the question of return : new answers to an old dilemma ?, in J.Percival (Ed.) (ed.), Policy Press, Bristol and Chicago, 67-87.
Envejecimiento activo. Algunas reflexiones del año europeo (2012) del envejecimiento activo y la solidaridad intergeneracional
Oris Michel (2013), Envejecimiento activo. Algunas reflexiones del año europeo (2012) del envejecimiento activo y la solidaridad intergeneracional, in (Ed.) D. Ramiro Fariñas (ed.), EDIMSA Editores Médicos, Madrid, 35-38.
Le quatrième âge ou la dernière étape de la vie
Lalive d'Epinay Christian, Cavalli Stefano (2013), Le quatrième âge ou la dernière étape de la vie, Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, Lausanne.
{Vivre/Leben/Vivere.} Uno studio interdisciplinare sulle condizioni di vita degli ultrasessantacinquenni in Svizzera
Rosciano Alessandra, Dasoki Nora, Cavalli Stefano, Dus Daniela (2012), {Vivre/Leben/Vivere.} Uno studio interdisciplinare sulle condizioni di vita degli ultrasessantacinquenni in Svizzera, in Dati. Statistiche e società, XII, 114-117.
Active Ageing and Immigrants Elders: A Possible Relation? Exploring the Case of Switzerland
Bolzman Claudio, Kaeser Laure (2012), Active Ageing and Immigrants Elders: A Possible Relation? Exploring the Case of Switzerland, in Revista Migrações, 10, 29-44.
Brüchiger Generationenkitt? Generationenbeziehungen im Umbau
(2012), Brüchiger Generationenkitt? Generationenbeziehungen im Umbau, vdf Hochschulverlag, Zürich.
Du vieillissement au parcours de vie: pour un renouvellement de l’imagination gérontologique
Bickel Jean-François (2012), Du vieillissement au parcours de vie: pour un renouvellement de l’imagination gérontologique, in Les Cahiers du travail social, 68, 17-28.
Elderly Immigrants in Switzerland: Exploring their Social and Health Situation
Bolzman Claudio, Poncioni-Derrigo Raffaella (2012), Elderly Immigrants in Switzerland: Exploring their Social and Health Situation, in Analele Ştiintifice, Editura Universităţii {„Alexandru} Ioan Cuza” Iaşi, 5, 175-190.
Familienglück – was ist das?
Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina, Höpflinger François, Spillmann Andreas, Kübler Christof (2012), Familienglück – was ist das?, NZZ libro, Verlag Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zürich.
Generationensolidarität in Familie und Gesellschaft - noch funktioniert sie in der Schweiz
Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina (2012), Generationensolidarität in Familie und Gesellschaft - noch funktioniert sie in der Schweiz, in Dubach Martina, Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina (ed.), vdf Hochschulverlag, Zürich, 37-44.
Generationenzugehörigkeit und individuelle Intervention
Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina (2012), Generationenzugehörigkeit und individuelle Intervention, in Tesch-Römer Clemens, Wahl Hans-Werner, Ziegelmann Jochen Philipp (ed.), Kohlhammer, Stuttgart, 96-102.
Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden im Alter – auch eine Frage des Geschlechts
Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina (2012), Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden im Alter – auch eine Frage des Geschlechts, in de Jong Willemijn, Alt Kurt W., Röder Brigitte (ed.), Böhlau Verlag, Köln, 319-339.
Heat waves and elderly mortality responses: What about social differential vulnerability?
Oris Michel, Lerch Mathias (2012), Heat waves and elderly mortality responses: What about social differential vulnerability?, in Beekink Erik, Walhout Evelien (ed.), Ando, The Hague, 113-116.
Les conditions socioéconomiques et culturelles du vieillissement en Suisse
Oris Michel, Remund Adrien (2012), Les conditions socioéconomiques et culturelles du vieillissement en Suisse, in Sécurité sociale {CHSS}, 2012, 203-209.
Pflegende Angehörige älterer Menschen. Probleme, Bedürfnisse, Ressourcen und Zusammenarbeit mit der ambulanten Pflege
(2012), Pflegende Angehörige älterer Menschen. Probleme, Bedürfnisse, Ressourcen und Zusammenarbeit mit der ambulanten Pflege, Verlag Hans Huber, Bern.
Selbstbestimmung – auch eine Frage des Alters. Juristische und psychologische Überlegungen zum Begriff der Urteilsfähigkeit
Hausherr H, Perrig-Chiello P (2012), Selbstbestimmung – auch eine Frage des Alters. Juristische und psychologische Überlegungen zum Begriff der Urteilsfähigkeit, in Zeitschrift des bernischen Juristenvereins, 148(11), 773-806.
Sozialbericht Schweiz. Fokus Generationen
Bühlmann F., Schmid C., Farago P., Höpflinger François, Levy R., Joye Dominique (2012), Sozialbericht Schweiz. Fokus Generationen, Seismo Verlag, Zürich.
Strapazierte familiale Generationensolidarität? Pflegende Töchter und Söhne im Spannungsfeld zwischen Sollen und Können
Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina (2012), Strapazierte familiale Generationensolidarität? Pflegende Töchter und Söhne im Spannungsfeld zwischen Sollen und Können, in Dubach Martina, Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina (ed.), vdf Hochschulverlag, Zürich, 95-104.
Trajectoires de vie dans la grande vieillesse: rester chez soi ou s'installer en institution ?
Cavalli Stefano (2012), Trajectoires de vie dans la grande vieillesse: rester chez soi ou s'installer en institution ?, Georg, Genève.
Zeiterleben und Zeitgestaltung in biographischen Übergangsphasen. Der Mensch im Spannungsfeld zwischen individuellen Bedürfnissen und gesellschaftlichen Anforderungen
Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina (2012), Zeiterleben und Zeitgestaltung in biographischen Übergangsphasen. Der Mensch im Spannungsfeld zwischen individuellen Bedürfnissen und gesellschaftlichen Anforderungen, in Noth Isabelle, Kunz Ralph (ed.), Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, 311-326.
{Vivre/Leben/Vivere.} Uno studio sulle condizioni di vita e di salute degli over 65
Cavalli Stefano (2011), {Vivre/Leben/Vivere.} Uno studio sulle condizioni di vita e di salute degli over 65, in Argomenti, 1.
Democratization of ageing: also a reality for elderly immigrants?
Bolzman Claudio (2011), Democratization of ageing: also a reality for elderly immigrants?, in European Journal of Social Work, 1-17.
El curso de la vida: emergencia de un paradigma interdisciplinario
Lalive d’Épinay Christian, Bickel Jean-François, Cavalli Stefano, Spini Dario (2011), El curso de la vida: emergencia de un paradigma interdisciplinario, in Yuni José Alberto (ed.), Encuentro Grupo Editor, Cordoba, 11-30.
Adapting quantitative survey procedures: the price to pay to capture vulnerability? Lessons from a large-scale survey on ageing and migration in Switzerland
Kaeser Laure, Adapting quantitative survey procedures: the price to pay to capture vulnerability? Lessons from a large-scale survey on ageing and migration in Switzerland, in Joye Dominique, Joye Dominique, Roberts Caroline (ed.), Springer, Berlin.
Adult age differences in prospective memory in the laboratory: Are they related to higher stress levels in the elderly?
Ihle Andreas, Kliegel Mathias, Hering Alexandra, Ballhausen Nicola, Lagner Prune, Benusch Julia, Cichon Anja, Zergiebel Annekathrin, Oris Michel, Adult age differences in prospective memory in the laboratory: Are they related to higher stress levels in the elderly?, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
Composition of older adult's family networks and its consequences for social capital
Girardin Myriam, Widmer Eric, Composition of older adult's family networks and its consequences for social capital, in Personal Relationships.
Confronting active ageing with empirical evidence: A structural equation model approach. The case of elderly migrants living in Switzerland
Kaeser Laure, Zufferey Jonathan, Confronting active ageing with empirical evidence: A structural equation model approach. The case of elderly migrants living in Switzerland, in Revue suisse de sociologie, 41(3).
Forms of mobility among older migrants: the case of Spanish, Italians and Portuguese between Switzerland and their Home Country
Bolzmann Claudio, Kaeser Laure, Christe Etienne, Forms of mobility among older migrants: the case of Spanish, Italians and Portuguese between Switzerland and their Home Country, in Population, Space and Place, 000.
Il ricorso ai servizi domiciliari nella quarta età
Masotti Barbara, Il ricorso ai servizi domiciliari nella quarta età, in first (ed.).
Le baby-boom et les baby-boomers: Explorer l’entrelacement des temps historiques, familiaux et individuels
Oris Michel, Le baby-boom et les baby-boomers: Explorer l’entrelacement des temps historiques, familiaux et individuels, in Olazabal Ignace, Oris Michel, Bonvalet Catherine (ed.), Presses de l'université du Québec, Québec.
Le vieillissement actif au niveau européen: élaboration, légitimation et tentatives de diffusion d'un référentiel transversal
Kaeser Laure, Roch Pierre-Alain, Le vieillissement actif au niveau européen: élaboration, légitimation et tentatives de diffusion d'un référentiel transversal, in Critique internationale. Revue comparative de sciences sociales.
Les baby-boomers, une histoire de familles. Une comparaison france-Québec
Bonvalet Catherine, Olazabal Ignace, Oris Michel, Les baby-boomers, une histoire de familles. Une comparaison france-Québec, Presses de l'université du Québec, Québec.
Mesures et capture de la vulnérabilité dans une enquête sur les conditions de vie et de santé des personnes âgées. L’expérience de VLV (Vivre-Leben-Vivere) en Suisse
Nicolet Marthe, Oris Michel, Mesures et capture de la vulnérabilité dans une enquête sur les conditions de vie et de santé des personnes âgées. L’expérience de VLV (Vivre-Leben-Vivere) en Suisse, in Les Populations vulnérables, Bordeaux.
The persistence of social stratification? A life course perspective on poverty in old-age in Switzerland
Gabriel Rainer, Oris Michel, Studer Matthias, Baeriswyl Marie, The persistence of social stratification? A life course perspective on poverty in old-age in Switzerland, in Swiss Journal of Sociology.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
University of Western Ontario Canada (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Case Western University United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Institut national d'études démographiques (INED) France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Université de Montréal Canada (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Spanish Research Council Spain (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Yonsei Korean Republic (South Korea) (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Umeå University Sweden (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
66th Annual Scientific Meeting della Gerontological Society of America Talk given at a conference Functional health: Historical context, present inequalities, and relationships with other health dimensions 05.11.2014 New Orleans, United States of America Ludwig Catherine;
Entretiens Jacques Cartier Talk given at a conference A life-course perspective on socioeconomic inequalities in health: the case of the Swiss elderly 02.10.2014 Montréal, Canada Gabriel Rainer; Oris Michel;
ESFR2014 - (European Family Research) Congress 2014 "Families in the context of economic crisis. Recent trends in a multidisciplinary perspective" Talk given at a conference Family Configurations in old age: The consequences of Family Diversity for the Provision of Social Capital 03.09.2014 Madrid, Spain Girardin Myriam; Widmer Eric;
International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE), 11th Annual Conference Talk given at a conference Institutional and informal care: A comparison between older immigrants from Southern Europe and older Swiss 27.08.2014 Madrid, Spain Kaeser Laure; Bolzman Claudio;
XVIII International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology Talk given at a conference Older Immigrants Living in Switzerland and Forms of Ambivalence Around the Retirement Period 15.07.2014 Yokohama, Japan Bolzman Claudio;
Congrès de la SGG SSG 2014 Talk given at a conference Transitions et vulnérabilités au grand âge en Suisse. Résultats de l’enquête VLV 30.06.2014 Fribbourg, Switzerland Oris Michel;
European association for population studies (EAPS) Talk given at a conference Widowhood and bereavement among the Swiss elderly. Exploring the associations in the causes of death 25.06.2014 Budapest, Hungary Oris Michel;
XVIIIe Colloque de l'Aidelf Talk given at a conference La construction des inégalités économique et inégalités de genre dans la vieillesse à travers le parcours de vie (Suisse, 1979-2011) 26.05.2014 Bari, Italy Oris Michel; Gabriel Rainer;
XVIIIe Colloque de l'Aidelf Talk given at a conference La grande vieillesse, âge de la fragilité. Une analyse quantitative de l'enquête « Vivre-Leben-Vivere », Suisse 2011-2012 26.05.2014 Bari, Italy Tholomier Aude;
International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE). Internationl seminar: Wellbeing in an ageing Europe: Comparisons between ageing migrants and natives Talk given at a conference Life course and well-being: A comparison between older immigrants and older national in Switzerland 15.05.2014 Lisbon, Portugal Kaeser Laure; Bolzman Claudio;
European and Swiss Congress of Internal Medicine (ESCIM) Talk given at a conference Low back pain as a risk indicator of impaired health-related quality of life and frailty in older adults? 14.05.2014 Genève, Switzerland Luthy Christophe; Ludwig Catherine;
Séminaire de recherche du CIGEV Individual talk L'amitié chez les personnes âgées 06.05.2014 Université de Genève, Switzerland Baeriswyl Marie; Oris Michel;
Congrès national SGG SSG 2014 Talk given at a conference Verwitwung im Alter damals und heute: Die subjektiv Empfundenen Folgen im Zeitvergleich 30.01.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina; Spahni Stefanie;
Schweizerische Gesellschaft zum Studium des Schmerzes (SGSS) Talk given at a conference Low back pain and health-related quality of life. Results from a national survey in older adults. 05.12.2013 Biel, Switzerland Ludwig Catherine;
Gerontological Society of America Scientific Meeting Talk given at a conference Can Low Back Pain Be Considered as a Risk Factor of Functional Limitations? 21.11.2013 New Orleans, United States of America Luthy Christophe; Ludwig Catherine;
Gerontological Society of America Scientific Meeting Talk given at a conference Functional Health Components in Health-Related Quality of Life After Age 65 21.11.2013 New Orleans, United States of America Luthy Christophe; Ludwig Catherine; Spini Dario;
Gerontological Society of America Scientific Meeting Talk given at a conference Trends and Socioeconomic Inequalities of Functional Health over 30 Years in Switzerland, 21.11.2013 New Orleans, United States of America Oris Michel; Tholomier Aude;
Geneva Aging Series 2013. Recent developments in cognitive aging Talk given at a conference Cognitive and motivational dimensions of vulnerability and resilience in old age: a longitudinal study 08.11.2013 Genève, Switzerland Tholomier Aude; Oris Michel;
Séminaire de recherche du CIGEV Individual talk Diversité des configurations familiales et capital social dans la vieillesse 05.11.2013 Genève, Switzerland Widmer Eric; Girardin Myriam;
Gerontological Society of America (GSA) -66th Annual Scientific Meeting Talk given at a conference Functional health: Historical context, present inequalities, and relationships with other health dimensions 05.11.2013 New Orleans, United States of America Ludwig Catherine;
SLLS Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Talk given at a conference Thirty years of evolution in functional health among the Swiss elderly 25.09.2013 Amsterdam, Netherlands Tholomier Aude;
SLLS International Conference Talk given at a conference Trajectories of happiness and vulnerability: a retrospective appraisal of the life course 23.09.2013 Amsterdam, Netherlands Spini Dario;
SLLS International Conference Talk given at a conference Thirty years of evolution in functional health among Swiss elderly 23.09.2013 Amsterdam, Netherlands Tholomier Aude;
Congrès de l'Association Française de Sociologie Talk given at a conference La prévalence de la fragilité chez les personnes âgées en Suisse 12.09.2013 Nantes, France Tholomier Aude;
Trajectories of vulnerability and happiness. A retrospective appraisal of the life course Talk given at a conference Trajectories of vulnerability and happiness. A retrospective appraisal of the life course 11.09.2013 Oxford, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Spini Dario;
European Conference on Developmental Psychology Poster Psychological well-being after spousal loss in old age: The role of personality and time since loss 06.09.2013 Stockholm, Sweden Spahni Stefanie;
Séminaire international du Réseau d?évaluation des dimensions subjectives de la vulnérabilité Talk given at a conference Combining objective and subjective measures for assessing economic vulnerability among Swiss pensioners 05.09.2013 Bologne, Italy Henke Julia;
Colloque du cinquantenaire de la Société de Démographie Historique Talk given at a conference Vieillesse et vieillissement 05.09.2013 Paris, France Oris Michel;
Congrès de l'Association Française de Sociologie Talk given at a conference Participations sociales et rôles « genrés » à l?âge de la retraite ? Une analyse des modes de participation des personnes de 65ans et plus dans cinq régions suisses. 02.09.2013 Nantes, France Baeriswyl Marie;
Congrès de l'Association Française de Sociologie Talk given at a conference Les discours et politiques du vieillissement actif à l'épreuve des réalités vécues: émancipation des aînés ou nouvelles formes de domination? 02.09.2013 Nantes, France Kaeser Laure;
XXVII IUSSP International Population Conference Talk given at a conference Les différentiels sociaux de fécondité durant le baby-boom en Suisse 26.08.2013 Busan, Korean Republic (South Korea) Oris Michel;
European Congress of Psychology Poster Psychological adaptation to spousal loss in old age – the role of psychosocial resources and context 12.07.2013 Stockholm, Sweden Spahni Stefanie;
Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association "Inequality and integration in times of crisis" Talk given at a conference Discours et politiques du "vieillissement actif" à l'épreuve des réalités vécues 28.06.2013 Berne, Switzerland Kaeser Laure;
Methodological and Substantive Challenges in Measuring Vulnerability Across the Life Course. An International workshop Talk given at a conference LIVES Life-History Calendars 18.06.2013 Lausanne, Switzerland Gabriel Rainer; Henke Julia;
Health research. Perspective in the social sciences Talk given at a conference Vulnérabilité et résilience au cours de la vie. L’exemple des personnes âgées immigrées en Suisse 14.06.2013 Fribourg, Switzerland Bolzman Claudio;
81. Jahrestagung des Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine Innere Medizin Individual talk Variations in population health status: results from a survey addressing inequalities in ageing in Switzerland 29.05.2013 Bâle, Switzerland Luthy Christophe; Ludwig Catherine;
Conférence universitaire de démographie et d'étude des populations Talk given at a conference Enjeux de la collecte de données auprès de populations vulnérables: discussions méthodologiques à partir du cas des populations âgées d’origine immigrée 28.05.2013 Aix-en-Provence, France Kaeser Laure;
XVIe Colloque national de démographie: "Les populations vulnérables" Talk given at a conference Mesures et capture de la vulnérabilité dans une enquête sur les conditions de vie et de santé des personnes âgées. L'expérience de VLV (Vivre-Leben-Vivere) en Suisse 28.05.2013 Aix-en-Provence, France Oris Michel;
Swiss national cohort workshop Talk given at a conference Social and environmental vulnerabilities to death 17.05.2013 Berne, Switzerland Oris Michel;
Communication presented at the Booms & Busts, Project meeting Talk given at a conference Socioeconomic differentials in fertility during the baby boom in Switzerland – a work in progress 28.04.2013 Madrid, Spain Oris Michel;
Annual Conference Schweizerische Gesellschaft für die zahnmedizinische Betreuung Behinderter und Betagter Individual talk Die Babyboomer. Eine Generation revolutioniert das Alter 11.04.2013 Bâle, Switzerland Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
IMISCOE international conference: Ageing migrants: (Im)mobilities of ageing Individual talk Forms of mobility among older migrants: the case of Spanish and Italians between Switzerland and their home country 15.03.2013 Lisbonne, Portugal Kaeser Laure; Bolzman Claudio;
Ageing and Living Conditions group Individual talk LIVES. Overcoming vulnerability. Life course perspectives 19.02.2013 Uméa, Sweden Oris Michel;
Berner Psychosomatikgespräche. Schweizerische Akademie für Psychosomatische und Psychosoziale Medizin Individual talk Lebensqualität im Alter 17.01.2013 Berne, Switzerland Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
International Sociological Association, Talk given at a conference The well-being of immigrant elders, 08.01.2013 Tel-Aviv, Israel Bolzman Claudio; Kaeser Laure;
Research committee on Sociology of migration RC31, International sociological association Talk given at a conference The well-being of immigrant elders 08.01.2013 Tel-Aviv, Israel Bolzman Claudio; Kaeser Laure;
Démographie et politiques sociales, XVIIe Colloque international de l’AIDELF Talk given at a conference Au croisement de la démographie et de la gérontologie: rectangularisation des courbes de survie, fragilisation des personnes âgées et économie du "care 12.11.2012 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Oris Michel;
la Journée de la recherche UNIL Poster Well-Being of Elderly People: Appraisal of the past in the process of coping 08.11.2012 Lausanne, Switzerland Spini Dario;
Colloque Pauvreté. Trajectoires individuelles, logiques sociales Individual talk Conditions de vie au grand âge 11.10.2012 Lausanne, Switzerland Oris Michel;
colloque « Les vieillesses féminine et masculine, convergences et divergences » - 24e Entretiens du Centre Jacques Cartier Individual talk L'emploi du temps entre privé et public: le changement social a-t-il un genre? 03.10.2012 Montréal, Canada, Canada Bickel Jean-François;
Réseau de l'Association française de sociologie. Protection sociale, politiques sociales et solidarités. Talk given at a conference Interroger la notion de "vieillissement actif": émergence, diffusion et applications d’une politique du vieillissement aux contreparties induitese de sociologie 02.10.2012 Lausanne, Switzerland Kaeser Laure;
Società Italiana di Demografia Storica, Population, Environment, Health: Shadows and Discontinuities Talk given at a conference Mortality and the heat waves 2003 and 2006 in Switzerland. A story about vulnerability 24.09.2012 Alghero, Italy Oris Michel;
Ageing in Europe: toward a future research priorities and better implementation. Symposium conducted at the conference of the German Society of Geriatrics and Gerontolgy, „Alternsforschung: transnational und translational“ Individual talk Maintaining mental capacity in old age – a comment on Futurage-Roadmap for European Ageing research 14.09.2012 Bonn, Germany Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
Séminaire international Repenser les méthodes de la recherche sur les migrations. Outils d’analyse et terrains d’études Individual talk Quelles méthodes pour quelles recherches sur les migrations ? Adapter les outils aux terrains et aux problématiques”, 14.09.2012 Rabat, Maroc, Morocco Bolzman Claudio;
Ageing in Europe: toward a future research priorities and better implementation. Symposium conducted at the conference of the German Society of Geriatrics and Gerontolgy, „Alternsforschung: transnational und translational“ Individual talk Maintaining mental capacity in old age – a comment on Futurage-Roadmap for European Ageing research 14.09.2012 Bonn, Germany Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
colloque « Le social: tourments et tournants », organisé par la Haute école fribourgeoise de travail social Individual talk Politiques de la vulnérabilité : protéger, reconnaître ou rendre capable?, 06.09.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Bickel Jean-François;
symposium „Zeit und Familie Individual talk Zeit in, für und zwischen Generationen 24.08.2012 Zürich, Switzerland Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
XIXe Congrès de l'Association internationale des sociologues de langue française (AISLF) Talk given at a conference Quelle évolution de la vulnérabilité relationnelle chez les personnes âgées? Une comparaison sur 30 ans dans deux cantons suisses 02.07.2012 Rabat, Morocco Bickel Jean-François; Baeriswyl Marie;
, XIXème Congrès de l'Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Française (CR 6 "Parcours de vie et vieillissement"). Talk given at a conference Quelle évolution de la vulnérabilité relationnelle chez les personnes âgées ? Une comparaison sur 30 ans dans deux cantons suisses 02.07.2012 Rabat, Morocco Bickel Jean-François; Baeriswyl Marie;
XIXe Congrès de l'Association internationale des sociologues de langue française (AISLF) - Comité de recherche 6 « Parcours de vie et vieillissement » Talk given at a conference Participations sociales et rôles « genrés » à l'âge de la retraite ? Une analyse des modes de participation des personnes de 65ans et plus dans cinq régions suisses. 02.07.2012 Rabat, Morocco Baeriswyl Marie;
XIXème Congrès de l'Association internationale des sociologues de langue française Talk given at a conference Les politiques de la vulnérabilité : l'exemple des politiques de la vieillesse 02.07.2012 Rabat, Morocco Bickel Jean-François;
XIXe Congrès de l'Association internationale des sociologues de langue française (AISLF) Talk given at a conference Les politiques de la vulnérabilité: l'exemple des politiques de la vieillesse, 02.07.2012 Rabat, Morocco Bickel Jean-François;
LIVES International Workshop "Measuring Vulnerability Across the Life Course Talk given at a conference Life-History Calendars - Measuring Vulnerability Across the Life Course 18.06.2012 Lausanne, Switzerland Gabriel Rainer; Henke Julia;
Methodological and Substantive Challenges in Measuring Vulnerability Across the Life Course. An International Workshop Talk given at a conference Surveying Elderly in Switzerland 18.06.2012 Lausanne, Switzerland Monnot Christophe; Joye Dominique; Oris Michel;
European Population Conference Talk given at a conference Mortality and the heat waves 2003 and 2006 in Switzerland. A story about vulnerability 13.06.2012 Stockholm,, Sweden Oris Michel;
Ciclo de Conferencias: Flujos migratorios, crisis, reciprocidad y seguridad humana Talk given at a conference Los inmigrantes mayores en Europa: entre vidas transnacionales y políticas nacionales 25.05.2012 Valencia, Spain, Spain Bolzman Claudio;
V Convegno Nazionale di della Società Italiana di Psicologia dell'Invecchiamento Longevità tra invecchiamento di successo e spettro della demenza Talk given at a conference Vivre / Leben / Vivere": uno studio sulle condizioni di vita e di salute degli anziani residenti in Svizzera 25.05.2012 Treviso, Italy Ludwig Catherine; Oris Michel;
Ciclo de Conferencias: Flujos migratorios, crisis, reciprocidad y seguridad humana Individual talk Los immigrantes mayores en Europa: entre vidas transnacionales y políticas nacionales 25.05.2012 Valence, Spain Bolzman Claudio;
Swiss Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities Individual talk Soziale Integration im Spiegel sozialwissenschaftlicher Forschung in der Schweiz 24.05.2012 Bern, Switzerland Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
The European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) Talk given at a conference Ageing and Disability: A Story about Ageing Perceptions and Realities in French-Speaking Switzerland, 1960-2011 11.04.2012 Glasgow, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Henke Julia; Oris Michel;
Organisation of an European Science Foundation Workshop at King’s College Individual talk The good, the bad, the ugly. Understanding collaboration between social sciences and life sciences 12.03.2012 London, England, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
IMISCOE Workshop Ageing Migrants, Demography, Ageing and Welfare Talk given at a conference Older people, migration and care 06.03.2012 Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal Bolzman Claudio;
IMISCOE Workshop Ageing Migrants, Demography, Ageing and Welfare Talk given at a conference Older people, migration and care. 06.03.2012 Lisbon, Portugal Bolzman Claudio;
National Congress of the Swiss Society of Gerontology Poster Swiss educational dynamics in mortality compression 03.02.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Oris Michel;
National Congress of the Swiss Society of Gerontology Poster Affiliation religieuse et mortalité 03.02.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Oris Michel;
National Congress of the Swiss Society of Gerontology Poster Partnerschaftsstatus und Wohlbefinden in der zweiten Lebenshälfte. Die Rolle psychosozialer und kontextueller Ressourcen 02.02.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Spini Dario; Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
National Congress of the Swiss Society of Gerontology Poster Défis méthodologiques de l’étude du vieillissement des immigrés en Suisse 02.02.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Kaeser Laure;
National Congress of the Swiss Society of Gerontology Poster The VLV survey: An interdisciplinary survey addressing progress and equalities of life conditions in the aged population of Switzerland 02.02.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Oris Michel; Ludwig Catherine;
National Congress of the Swiss Society of Gerontology Poster Verwitwung und ihre psychosozialen Herausforderungen 02.02.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Oris Michel; Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina; Spini Dario; Spahni Stefanie;
Société suisse de gérontologie Poster Défis méthodologiques de l’étude du vieillissement des immigrés en Suisse, 02.02.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Kaeser Laure;
National Congress of the Swiss Society of Gerontology Individual talk Hochaltrigkeit – eine Herausforderung für die familiale Generationensolidarität. 02.02.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
National Congress of the Swiss Society of Gerontology Poster Coherence and bias in the retrospective evaluation of well-being 02.02.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland, Switzerland Spini Dario;
National Congress of the Swiss Society of Gerontology Poster Social relationships and health: social integration and configuration approaches 02.02.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Girardin Myriam; Baeriswyl Marie;
4e colloque international "Le droit de vieillir : Citoyenneté, intégration sociale et participation politique Talk given at a conference Social exclusion as analytical and normative concept : a framework for studying old age and ageing 25.01.2012 Dijon, France, France Bickel Jean-François;
IVe Colloque International "Le droit de vieillir : citoyenneté, intégration sociale et participation politique des personnes âgées. Talk given at a conference Social exclusion as analytical and normative concept : a framework for studying old age and ageing 25.01.2012 Dijon, France Bickel Jean-François;
Colloque Informalité et indiscipline, IHEID. Au Nord aussi. Le care et les personnes âgées, ou l'informalité comme source de support et de vulnérabilité Talk given at a conference Au Nord aussi . Le care et les personnes âgées, ou l'informalité comme source de support et de vulnérabilité 26.10.2011 Genève, Switzerland Oris Michel;
International Seminar Transnational Families. Migration and Kin-Work: From Care Chains to Care Circulation Individual talk Mapping the new plurality of transnational families: a life course perspective 24.10.2011 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Bolzman Claudio;
td-net Conference 2011 of the Swiss Academies of Sciences together with the Swiss National Science Foundation Individual talk Reviewing inter- and transdisciplinary projects 15.09.2011 Bern, Switzerland Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
10th European Sociological Association Conference Talk given at a conference Changing Health Perceptions in Switzerland: 1966 – 2011 07.09.2011 Genève, Switzerland Henke Julia; Oris Michel;
European Sociological Association Talk given at a conference Older Immigrants and Social Inequalities: State of the art, arising questions and methodological challenges 07.09.2011 Genève, Switzerland Kaeser Laure; Bolzman Claudio;
10th European Sociological Association Conference Talk given at a conference Aging in Switzerland: Progress and Inequalities 07.09.2011 Geneva, Switzerland Oris Michel; Ludwig Catherine;
10th European Sociological Association Conference Talk given at a conference Older Immigrants and Social Inequalities: State of the art, arising questions and methodological challenges 07.09.2011 Genève, Switzerland Kaeser Laure; Bolzman Claudio;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Ages et Trajectoires de la Vie 26.05.2014 Bari, Italy
Symposium: Functional Health: Historical Context, Present Inequalities, and Relationships with Other Health Dimensions. 21.11.2013 New Orleans, United States of America
Symposium: Looking back: Functional and psychological Health mong the Generations of Swiss Elderly (1979-2012). SLLS International Conference 23.09.2013 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Président et discutant de la session 1 « Des vulnérabilités aux populations vulnérables : questions de définition », Conférence Universitaire de Démographie et d’Etude des Populations. XVIe Colloque national de Démographie, Les Populations vulnérables 28.05.2013 Aix-en-Provence, France
Vieillissement réussi et vieillissement actif : un même discours à 10 ans d’intervalle ? 04.04.2013 Genève, Switzerland
Vulnérabilités dans le parcours de vie. Cycle de conférences Vulnérabilités dans le parcours de vie 21.02.2013 Genève, Switzerland
colloque Le baby boom : un passé qui pèse / The Baby Boom. In the Shadow of the Past, 19.11.2012 Lyon, France
Présidence de la session « Données démographiques et politiques sociales autour de la personne âgée durant le XVIIe Colloque international de l'AIDELF: "Démographie et politiques sociales" 12.11.2012 ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Tbale-ronde Politiques sociales et démographie, Démographie et politiques sociales, XVIIe Colloque international de l’AIDELF 12.11.2012 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Démographie et politiques sociales, XVIIe Colloque international de l’AIDELF, présidence de la session « Données démographiques et politiques sociales autour de la personne âgée », 12.11.2012 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Table ronde "Politiques sociales et enjeux démographiques" durant le XVIIe Colloque international de l'AIDELF: "Démographie et politiques sociales" 12.09.2012 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
LIVES meeting Methodological and Substantive Challenges in Measuring Vulnerability Across the Life Course. An International Workshop 18.06.2012 Lausanne, Switzerland, Switzerland
IUSSP New Approaches of Death in the cities during the Health Transition 14.12.2011 Seville, Spain
Session during the Social Science History Association 36th Annual Meeting 19.11.2011 Boston, Usa, United States of America
series of lectures fall-semester 2011 at the Forum Universität und Gesellschaft. Brüchiger Generationenkitt? Generationenbeziehungen im Umbau 19.09.2011 Bern, Switzerland
td-net Conference 2011 of the Swiss Academies of Sciences together with the Swiss National Science Foundation 15.09.2011 Berne, Switzerland

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Intégrer les études des vulnérabilités et du parcours de vie. Dimensions théoriques et applications aux personnes âgées 02.06.2014 Paris, France Oris Michel;
Faut-il repousser l'âge de la retraite? 26.02.2014 Genève, Switzerland Oris Michel;
Grande vieillesse, identité et fragilité 18.12.2013 Lausanne, Switzerland Spini Dario;
«Les politiques migratoires» Les politiques migratoires et leurs effets sur les trajectoires et situations des migrants 28.11.2013 Tijuana, Mexico Bickel Jean-François;
Workshop ENABLE - Protecting vulnerable persons in health care 23.09.2013 Genève, Switzerland Oris Michel;
Conférence dans le cadre de Cité-Seniors (ville de Genève). Liens sociaux: risques et opportunités 23.09.2013 Genève, Switzerland Oris Michel;
Module d'approfondissement portant sur "Vieillesses et vieillissements : problèmes, politiques et enjeux pour le travail social" dans le cadre du Master en travail social de la HES-SO 18.09.2013 Fribourg, Switzerland Bickel Jean-François;
Colloque du service de gériatrie et réadaptation gériatrique "Les Matinales de formation continue" 05.07.2013 Lausanne, Switzerland Spini Dario;
Diversité des configurations familiales dans la vieillesse. Université de Genève, Département de sociologie 13.05.2013 Genève, Switzerland Widmer Eric; Girardin Myriam;
Service d'Information Scolaire et Professionnelle 07.05.2013 Genève, Switzerland Oris Michel;
Plateforme des Aînés du Canton de Genève 15.04.2013 Genève, Switzerland Oris Michel;
Vivre et mourir en paix – Living and Dying in Peace 15.04.2013 Lausanne, Switzerland Spini Dario;
Migration and ageing: Life course and mobility issues in a sociological perspective 11.04.2013 Arcavacata di Rende, Italy Bolzman Claudio;
Forum santé-social Arc Jurassien, CIP 21.03.2013 Tramelan, Switzerland Oris Michel;
Symposium „Alter und Bildung: Bedeutung und Handlungsfelder für die Weiterbildung“, Schweizerischer Verband für Weiterbildung, Zurich, Switzerland 21.03.2013 Zurich, Switzerland Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
École de la Source. Health trajectories in very old alge, training for nurses. 05.02.2013 Lausanne, Switzerland Spini Dario;
Uni3, Université de Genève 01.02.2013 Genève, Switzerland Oris Michel;
Conférence dans le cadre du cycle « Singulières frontières », organisé par le Département de Géographie « Les frontières de la vieillesse. L’invention des 3e et 4e âges 08.12.2012 Genève, Switzerland Oris Michel;
Table ronde. Retraités migrants: rester ou retourner? 05.12.2012 Genève, Switzerland Bolzman Claudio;
Volkshochschule Zürich 24.10.2012 Zurich, Switzerland Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
Congrès international. Parcours de vulnérabilité au grand âge: pratiques sociales et régulations juridiques 12.10.2012 Brest, France Spini Dario;
Vieillissement et handicap. Genève Suisse, Université de Genève. Intervention (2h) à l'Institut de Psychologe dans le cadre du cours de Brigitte Zellner Keller: Approche Interdisciplinaire des Maladies du Vieillissement. 11.10.2012 Genève, Switzerland Henke Julia;
Etats-Généraux des Verts genevois 04.10.2012 Genève, Switzerland Oris Michel;
table-ronde « La politique communale de la vieillesse dans les communes fribourgeoises : finalités, bonnes pratiques et outils », organisée par la Communauté Fri-Âge / Alter 26.09.2012 Villars-sur-Glâne,, Switzerland Bickel Jean-François;
North-European Conference on Active Ageing 18.09.2012 Kiel, Germany Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
Forum du 3e âge de la Ville de Bienne 09.06.2012 Bienne, Switzerland, Switzerland Baeriswyl Marie; Oris Michel;
Forum sur Les inégalités sociales et de santé. Un enjeu pour Genève 22.05.2012 Genève, Switzerland Oris Michel;
Maitrise d’Etudes Avancées en Psychogérontologie appliquée, Faculté de Psychologie et des Sciences de l’Education 11.05.2012 Genève, Switzerland Ludwig Catherine;
SKOS CSIAS COSAS Conférence suisse des institutions d’action sociale. Journée nationale 15.03.2012 Bienne, Switzerland, Switzerland Oris Michel;
European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 06.02.2012 Berlin, Germany Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina;
Conférences Cité Senior 18.01.2012 Genève, Switzerland Oris Michel;
Lake Geneva Innovation Society, Current perspectives on Ageing 29.11.2011 Genève, Switzerland Oris Michel;
Maitrise d’Etudes Avancées en Psychogérontologie appliquée, Faculté de Psychologie et des Sciences de l’Education 11.11.2011 Genève, Switzerland Ludwig Catherine;
Maitrise d’Etudes Avancées en Psychogérontologie appliquée, Faculté de Psychologie et des Sciences de l’Education 04.11.2011 Genève, Switzerland Bolzman Claudio;
Vendredis de la psychologie appliquée » « Longévité et vieillesse : le poids des inégalités sociales 21.10.2011 Genève , Switzerland Oris Michel;
44e session des Rencontres internationales de Genève 11.10.2011 Genève , Switzerland Oris Michel;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Inequalities in Modern Societie/s 25.09.2014 Université de Genève, Switzerland
Tout ce qui brille… n’est pas or ! 05.07.2014 Genève, Switzerland
Dans le cadre d'un cycle de conférences consacrées aux "Vulnérabilités dans le parcours de vie: "Vulnérabilités, ressources et vulnérabilités des ressources à la retraite 28.02.2013 Genève, Switzerland
Strukturgleichungsmodelle und ihre Anwendung in der Lebenslaufforschung 15.10.2012 Berne, Switzerland
Colloque "Pauvreté: trajectoires individuelles, logiques sociales" 11.10.2012 Lausanne, Switzerland
La politique communale de la vieillesse dans les communes fribourgeosises : finalités, bonnes pratiques et outils. Participation à une table-ronde 26.09.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media "Venir d'ailleurs, vieillir ici": une journée sur les populations âgées issues de la migrationVenir Pôle de recherche national LIVES Western Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media LIVES. Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspectives Showcase of excellent research projects from LERU universities Western Switzerland International Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland Italian-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Travailler après la retraite: choix ou contrainte Revue d'information sociale REISO Western Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Vorwort. Altere Albaner in der Schweiz. Eine stoische Wurde ISEAL. Institut suisse d'études albanaises German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Interview sur la haute espérance de vie en Suisse et ses causes AFP International Western Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Interview sur la vie en solo Le Matin Western Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media la beauté des femmes mûres (50-70 ans) et leur place dans les medias Le Temp Western Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Les aînés ne forment plus une catégorie à part Tribune de Genève Western Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Les migrants âgés circonspects face aux chercheurs Reiso - Revue d'information sociale Western Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Prix Pro Senectute: jeunes femmes récompensées Pro Senectute Western Switzerland 2013
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) article sur VLV au Tessin sur le site d'information "TIO.ch TIO Italian-speaking Switzerland 2012
Media relations: radio, television interview enquête VLV Radio Fiume Ticino Italian-speaking Switzerland 2012
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Interview enquête VLV - Genération plus Western Switzerland 2012
Media relations: radio, television la croissance démographique de la Suisse et les migrations. RTS Western Switzerland 2012
Media relations: print media, online media La dernière transition Campus, Université de Genève Western Switzerland 2012
Media relations: radio, television la Suisse à 8 millions d’habitants. Couleur 3 Western Switzerland 2012
Media relations: print media, online media Le grand âge, une école de la fragilité Campus, Université de Genève Western Switzerland 2012
Media relations: radio, television les inégalités dans la vieillesse. Radio cité Western Switzerland 2012
Media relations: print media, online media Vieillir à petit feu Campus, Université de Genève Western Switzerland 2012
Media relations: print media, online media Vivre chez moi, c'est un cadeau La Liberté Western Switzerland 2012
Media relations: radio, television Discussion Radio sur la thématique des personnes âgées et sur l'enquête VLV Millevoci Italian-speaking Switzerland 2011
Media relations: radio, television Interview enquête VLV Journal télévisé RSI Italian-speaking Switzerland 2011
Media relations: radio, television Présentation de l'enquête VLV RSR Western Switzerland 2011

Awards

Title Year
Prix du meilleur poster. Congrès de la Société Suisse de Gérontologie, Fribourg, 30-31 janvier 2014 2014
Duvoisin, Aline. Pro Senectute: visibilité et utilisation d?une association bientôt centenaire - Position et enjeux au 21e siècle -. Bern, Switzerland, 2013/04/12, 2013/04/12, Remise du Prix Pro Senectute, Symposium Suisse de Gérontologie. Travail supervisé par le Prof. Michel Oris 2013

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
160268 Ageing migrants: studying by comparing 01.02.2015 International Exploratory Workshops
107764 Inter- and intraindividual variability across the lifespan 01.10.2005 Project funding (Div. I-III)
179077 Transnational Ageing among Older Migrants and Natives: A Strategy to Overcome Vulnerability 01.03.2019 SNSF Professorships
171274 Vulnerability in Old Age: A Comparative Approach 01.02.2017 Marie Heim-Voegtlin grants
189508 Les origines du baby-boom en Suisse au prisme des parcours féminins 01.06.2019 Open Access Books
120510 Inter- and intraindividual variability across the lifespan 01.10.2008 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

This project proposes to investigate the living conditions of the aged population in Switzerland and to address the diversity of these conditions using an interdisciplinary approach. The study will rely on a survey that will be conducted in 2010 in two French-speaking and two German-speaking areas. For the two former, the data collected will be confronted to the findings of previous surveys conducted in 1979 and 1994/95, with the aim of estimating changes and continuity in the living conditions of senior citizens.Aging is a major challenge in all industrialized countries, and Switzerland is no exception. Indeed, over the last century, the proportion of individuals aged 60 and above has multiplied by three, while the proportion of people aged 80 has multiplied by eight! Furthermore, in recent decades, the expectation of life without major illness has risen faster than life expectancy, while the prevalence of dependency decreased among the elderly. A substantial number of positive changes occurred from 1979 to 1994/95. However, nothing ensures that similar trends are persisting. Further, the characteristics of the aged population in 2010 cannot be satisfactorily predicted on the basis of previous data. Indeed, the structure of the aged population has drastically changed over the last decades. More importantly, new generations carrying their own their specificities will soon reach the age of retirement and old age. The massive aging reported in the immigrant population in Switzerland constitutes a clear example of such a compositional change. Provided these various changes, the proposed project intends to address two major issues simultaneously: heterogeneity among the elderly, i.e., diversity and inequalities, and sustainability of the previous positive trends in terms of social participation, health, and longevity.Our theoretical approach will be centered on the concept of resources, as conceived in the theory of lifespan human development proposed by the psychologist Paul Baltes, and further enriched by sociologists within the life course paradigm. Globally, our research design considers how resources are built through individual lives embedded in family trajectories and socioeconomic, cultural, and political contexts. Thus, we will first estimate how health, family, residency, and occupational lifelong trajectories have constructed the pool of resources available to aged individuals. We further intend to assess the diversity of these resources and the way they are managed by individuals to best maintain an active life, high levels of well-being, autonomy, and health. After connecting the past to the present, we will also consider how, in the current experiences of aging, available individual resources interact with accessible sociostructural resources. From that perspective, the comparison of four different political regions (the cantons of Geneva, Valais, Bern, and Basel) will be highly profitable. Moreover, in the French-speaking areas (Geneva and Valais), we will benefit greatly from the unique opportunity to address recent historical changes through a comparison of our results with a new analysis of the surveys conducted in 1979 and 1994/95. This constitutes a unique opportunity in the European continent to examine the evolution of the aged population across the last 30 years. Finally, such a resource-based, interdisciplinary approach will provide a powerful tool with which to identify the most relevant predictors of well-being, in the past and the present, as well as the levers on which individual action and social policies can push to predict losses and/or promote successful aging processes. To face the challenge of providing an updated and more representative picture of aging in Switzerland, this Sinergia application engages a distinguished team of 17 experimented scholars from 6 disciplines (geriatrics: 2; psychiatric geriatrics: 1; psychology: 5; sociology: 7; social policy studies: 1; and demography and socioeconomics: 1). Rooted in a common theoretical model, shared concepts, and common objectives, together, we aim to solve the tension between continuity (comparison of our findings with those from studies conducted in 1979 and 1994/95) and innovation (better tools, new issues, and a more national representation).
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