Prof. Jürgen Maurer and the Swiss SHARE team are awarded a 2018 “Quality of life 65+” prize by the Fondation Leenaards
The Fondation Leenaards has awarded a 2018 “Quality of life 65+” prize to Jürgen Maurer, Professor of Economics at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne, Alberto Holly, honorary professor in the same School and Carmen Borrat-Besson, Simon Seiler and Sarah Vilpert, who hold research positions at the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS). They were awarded the prize for their research project on “Healthy ageing and social participation of older people in Switzerland”, which will be incorporated into the Swiss version of the SHARE component study (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe). HEC Lausanne congratulates the team on winning the prize, which will help them to further expand their research on ageing in Switzerland.
A closer look at the research conducted by Prof. Maurer and the Swiss SHARE team
A brief presentation of the research by the Swiss SHARE team (led by Prof. Maurer), which was awarded the “Quality of life 65+” prize will be given on Tuesday, November 27 at the Leenaards Age & Society meeting, which will focus on social engagement and the quality of life of older people.
The project is entitled “Healthy ageing and social participation of older people in Switzerland: challenges and opportunities” and aims to understand how older people live their everyday lives and how their situation could be improved. Based on these insights, the team hopes to be able to inform the design of new interventions and policies for healthy ageing in Switzerland, helping older persons to remain socially integrated and to pursue the goals and activities that they value the most, thereby improving their well-being.
What is the “Quality of life 65+” prize?
The Fondation Leenaards supports cultural, social and scientific projects, including those aimed at improving the quality of life of older adults over the age of 65. Every year, the Foundation launches a call for “Quality of life 65+” research projects to encourage new research about how older people perceive their quality of life and act to improve their well-being.
This year’s prizes focus more specifically on the integration, engagement and social participation of older adults in different areas including family, community, political and cultural life. The prize is open to researchers in the human or social sciences and interdisciplinary research teams in higher-education institutions in French-speaking Switzerland (universities, HES and EPF).
par Myriam Bango-Lepage (Faculté des HEC)