Person-centered language use and good aging


The media mostly approaches the themes of old age and aging from a problem-oriented perspective. Often the voice of elderly people themselves cannot be heard when their issues are discussed in the public. This phenomenon is also visible in the field of research: up until now research has mostly focused on restrictions that aging possibly brings with it, and relatively little research has been published on elderly people’s language use and interaction.

The Department of Languages at the University of Jyväskylä is implementing a research project called Person-centered language use and good aging, which investigates language use from the perspective of senior citizens. The research takes into account the various linguistic roles of elderly people: they are language users who act in various interactional situations but also objects of knowledge and action. The research project is a part of a larger development project of a Finnish bilingual municipality, Lapinjärvi. The project aims to develop a humane, person-centered approach to elderly care in the elderly care services.

Read more about the project here.

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