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See detailA qualitative meta-synthesis of reasons for the use or non-use of assistive technologies in the aging population
Abrilahij, Afsaneh UL; Boll, Thomas UL

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (in press)

Many older people have functional limitations. One possibility to overcome these limitations is assistive technology (AT), but their usage rate is still low. Existing models of AT use provide some insight ... [more ▼]

Many older people have functional limitations. One possibility to overcome these limitations is assistive technology (AT), but their usage rate is still low. Existing models of AT use provide some insight into possible reasons for use and non use of ATs, but the predictive value of these models in samples of older people is modest. This could be due to a neglect of relevant reasons in the predictor sets. To find further predictors we performed a systematic literature search in Google Scholar, MEDLINE, and PsycINFO databases and – applying an action-theoretical approach – a meta-synthesis of seven qualitative studies about older people´s reasons for use or non-use of ATs. We found 25 reasons referring to user´s beliefs and desires (e.g., about demand, act of using ATs, its consequences) of which 18 were not contained in existing AT use models. More of these reasons referred to the non-use than to the use of ATs. Some reasons generalized across ATs (e.g., perceived unreliability), whereas others (e.g., privacy concerns, desire to avoid burden to others) appeared specific to tele-alarm or smart home technology. We suggest integrating the newly identified reasons as additional predictors in existing AT use models to arrive at a more comprehensive model with improved predictive value and increased practical usefulness for developmental counseling. [less ▲]

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See detailObituary: Dieter Ferring (1958-2017)
Albert, Isabelle UL; Boll, Thomas UL; Lang, Frieder R.

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2017), 30(4), 135-136

Memorializes Dieter Ferring, who contributed to life-span developmental psychology, geropsychology, and cultural psychology in research, teaching, professional practice, and political consulting. His life ... [more ▼]

Memorializes Dieter Ferring, who contributed to life-span developmental psychology, geropsychology, and cultural psychology in research, teaching, professional practice, and political consulting. His life work centered on life circumstances that included threats to people's well-being and on identifying and implementing solutions for such aversive conditions. His scientific approach was characterized by analysing phenomena in their micro and macro context, by interdisciplinarity, by emphasis on cognitive and semiotic mediation, and by using mixed-method approaches to data collection and analyses. Dieter Ferring had been much engaged in productive cooperations with researchers from other countries in Europe and in disseminating his insights and findings to study programs beyond his own field as well as to the general public. He also served as an expert and research partner to policymakers and community administrators and leaders in practical and applied fields. [less ▲]

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See detailSocial Relations, Long-Term Care, and Well-Being of Older Migrants in Luxembourg
Ramos, Anne Carolina UL; Karl, Ute UL

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2016)

This paper is based on biographical and qualitative egocentric network analyses and examines the social relations of older Italian and Portuguese migrants in need of long-term care (LTC) in Luxembourg. It ... [more ▼]

This paper is based on biographical and qualitative egocentric network analyses and examines the social relations of older Italian and Portuguese migrants in need of long-term care (LTC) in Luxembourg. It addresses three components of their everyday social relationships, including the relationships with emotionally close individuals in their egocentric networks, with careworkers, and with other care-recipients in institutional settings. The findings support two main theses: First, careworkers are central figures in providing emotional support to older migrants; second, the relations with other care-recipients can be difficult to establish in contexts of migration, which leads to the necessity of arranging new forms of institutional settings in order to decrease social isolation, being a pressing aspect to public health policies. [less ▲]

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See detailDeficits in Selective Attention Alter Gait in Frail Older Adults
Cornu, Véronique UL; Steinmetz, Jean-Paul; Federspiel, Carine

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2016), 29(1), 29-36

A growing body of research demonstrates an association between gait disorders, falls, and attentional capacities in older adults. The present work empirically analyzes differences in gait parameters in ... [more ▼]

A growing body of research demonstrates an association between gait disorders, falls, and attentional capacities in older adults. The present work empirically analyzes differences in gait parameters in frail institutionalized older adults as a function of selective attention. Gait analysis under single- and dual-task conditions as well as selective attention measures were collected from a total of 33 nursing-home residents. We found that differences in selective attention performances were related to the investigated gait parameters. Poorer selective attention performances were associated with higher stride-to-stride variabilities and a slowing of gait speed under dual-task conditions. The present findings suggest a contribution of selective attention to a safe gait. Implications for gait rehabilitation programs are discussed [less ▲]

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See detailSpecial Issue on Aging and Migration in Europe
Albert, Isabelle UL

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2016), 29(2),

Europe is experiencing demographic and social challenges unprecedented in its history. Migration flows, though not a new phenomenon, represent one of these challenges. Migration as the movement of social ... [more ▼]

Europe is experiencing demographic and social challenges unprecedented in its history. Migration flows, though not a new phenomenon, represent one of these challenges. Migration as the movement of social and national groups within as well as into Europe includes several motivations and objectives. Depending on these motivations, migrants are considered as welcome asset or as not-wanted claiming benefits of the national social security systems. What can we learn from earlier migration waves? Currently, a large number of first-generation immigrants of the big immigration waves of the 1960s and 1970s are approaching retirement age in many European countries. Contrary to earlier expectations, studies have shown that only a part of these aging migrants return to their countries of origin after retirement, whereas a larger part decides to stay permanently in the receiving country or to commute between both countries. Growing old in the context of migration has thus become a hot topic for many societies. Based on research from several European countries with large shares of immigrants, namely UK, Estonia, Denmark and Luxembourg, the special issue aging and migration focuses on some key questions regarding aging migrants. For instance, what do we know about cultural and ethnic identities of older migrants and how these are related to their transnational family relationships? How can social networks and intergenerational family solidarity of older migrants be described? What are specifics of care in the context of acculturation? The present contributions give some first answers to these questions, taking also into account how subjective well-being of aging migrants and their families might be enhanced. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction to the Special Issue on “Aging and Migration in Europe”
Albert, Isabelle UL; Ferring, Dieter UL; Lang, Frieder R.

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2016), 29(2), 53-55

Aging and migration have become key issues in many European societies today, as an unprecedented number of first-generation immigrants of the big immigration waves of the 1960s and 1970s are currently ... [more ▼]

Aging and migration have become key issues in many European societies today, as an unprecedented number of first-generation immigrants of the big immigration waves of the 1960s and 1970s are currently approaching retirement age. This special issue on aging and migration serves to raise the awareness on this important topic in modern societies. It brings together researchers in aging and migration from four different European countries characterized by a large share of immigrants in their population, namely, the UK, Estonia, Denmark, and Luxembourg. [less ▲]

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See detailMotivation and memory: Impact of emotional content and age relevance on recall
Tournier, Isabelle UL; Jordan, Oliver; Ferring, Dieter UL

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2016), 29(3), 147-154

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See detailMultidimensionality in Developmental Conceptions Across Adulthood
Mustafic, Maida UL; Freund, Alexandra M.

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2012), 25(2), 57-72

Two studies demonstrate the usefulness of a newly developed, direct assessment method of subjective conceptualizations of development across adulthood. Results of Study 1 (N = 234, 18–83 years) suggest ... [more ▼]

Two studies demonstrate the usefulness of a newly developed, direct assessment method of subjective conceptualizations of development across adulthood. Results of Study 1 (N = 234, 18–83 years) suggest that older adults anticipate stronger decline in four domains of functioning (subjective well-being, social relationships, cognition, physical functioning) than younger and middle-aged adults. Study 2 (N = 166, 20–85 years) showed that older adults’ conceptualizations show less differentiation across domains than those of younger and middle-aged adults’. Results of both studies confirm lifespan notions of multidirectionality (expectations of gains and losses) but also show age-related differences in multidimensionality of developmental conceptions (i.e., differences in expected trajectories between domains). Moreover, results provide evidence that favorable conceptions impact perceived controllability and actual subjective well-being. [less ▲]

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See detailPerceived rights of and social distance to people with Alzheimer's disease
Bourkel, Elisabeth UL; Ferring, Dieter UL; Weber, Germain

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2012), 25(1), 25-32

The present study investigated how laypeople and professionals (N = 185) judge the rights of a person affected with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and whether social distance exists towards this person ... [more ▼]

The present study investigated how laypeople and professionals (N = 185) judge the rights of a person affected with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and whether social distance exists towards this person. Participants completed a questionnaire after reading a vignette describing a target person with an early stage of AD. Half of the participants responded to a female target, the other half responded to a male target. Results showed that rights and competencies of the persons are rated high and social distance is exhibited only to a lesser degree, although there was a significant difference between the male and female target. Furthermore, health professionals approved more rights than laypeople, which suggests that there is a need for more detailed information about this disease in the general population. [less ▲]

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See detailEditorial on "Geropsychology across Europe"
Ferring, Dieter UL; Lang, Frieder R.

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2012), 25(3), 113-113

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Ferring, Dieter UL

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2010), 23(4), 181-181

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See detailRemembering positive and negative life events: Associations with future time perspective and functions of autobiographical memory
Leist, Anja UL; Ferring, Dieter UL; Filipp, Sigrun-Heide

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2010), 23(3), 137-147

We examined distributions of remembered negative and positive life events across the lifespan in a sample of adults in middle and old age. Distributions of positive, but not negative, life events showed a ... [more ▼]

We examined distributions of remembered negative and positive life events across the lifespan in a sample of adults in middle and old age. Distributions of positive, but not negative, life events showed a significant reminiscence bump, replicating earlier findings. Gender differences occurred with respect to distribution of memories of positive life events of the first four decades of life. Furthermore, we found substantial associations of number and valence of remembered life events with future time perspective and functions of autobiographical memory to create meaning, which remained significant after controlling for age and health. The number and valence of negative and positive life events across the lifespan reflect, to a certain extent, the age and time perspective of the remembering individual. [less ▲]

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See detailAre older adult German women satisfied with their lives? On the role of life domains, partnership status, and self construal.
Albert, Isabelle UL; Labs, Katrin; Trommsdorff, Gisela

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2010), 23(1), 39-49

Along with increased life expectancy, successful aging and possibilities for increasing well-being in old age have become important research topics in recent years. The present study (a) examines the ... [more ▼]

Along with increased life expectancy, successful aging and possibilities for increasing well-being in old age have become important research topics in recent years. The present study (a) examines the relationship between satisfaction in several life domains (with respect to family, friendships, and health) and general life satisfaction of older adult women in Germany, and (b) determines which factorsmoderate the importance of satisfaction in these different life domains for the evaluation of general life satisfaction. More precisely, we examine the role of partnership status and self-construal. The sample consisted of 98 German women between the age of 58 and 83 years (M = 69.6 years; SD = 5.9 years) who were interviewed in the framework of the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural Value of Children Study. Results showed that for women living with a partner, satisfaction with family was most important for their general life satisfaction, whereas for women without a partner, satisfaction with friendships and with socioeconomic status had prominent roles. In addition, the kind of self-construal moderated the relations between (1) satisfaction with family and general life satisfaction and (2) satisfaction with health and general life satisfaction. Family satisfaction was less important for the general life satisfaction of women who were highly independently oriented; for women who had a strongly pronounced self-construal (either independent or interdependent), satisfaction with health was less important for general life satisfaction. [less ▲]

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See detailEditorial ”Psychosocial Situation of Family Carers.”
Ferring, Dieter UL

in GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2009)

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