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  • 1.
    Allvin, Michael
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Olsson, Helena
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Understanding Society: Research Activity Report (2007-2010) from the Department of Sociology2011Report (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Cedervall, Ylva
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Åberg, Anna Cristina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics. Högskolan Dalarna.
    Maintaining well-being and selfhood through physical activity: experiences of people with mild Alzheimer's disease2015In: Aging & Mental Health, ISSN 1360-7863, E-ISSN 1364-6915, Vol. 19, no 8, p. 679-688Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: To contribute to furthering the understanding of how people with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) reason about physical activity as part of everyday life, with a specific focus on the meanings attached to such activity.

    Method: In-depth interviews were conducted with 14 individuals with mild AD. Qualitative content analysis was used to interpret the data.

    Results: The analysis revealed three sub-themes reflecting interrelated perspectives on how people with mild AD reason about physical activity: (1) striving to be physically active, mirrors the concrete approaches used for handling the consequences of having AD in relation to being active; (2) perceptions of physical activity, reflect how their thoughts and beliefs regarding written and tacit norms encouraged them to remain physically active, and (3) physical activity as a means to well-being, alludes to feelings and emotions related to the performance of physical activity. Interpretation of the underlying patterns in these sub-themes revealed one overarching theme: Physical activity as a means to selfhood maintenance, which suggests that physical activity can help to shift the focus from the dementia diagnosis (i.e. ill health) to a more healthy and able self.

    Conclusion: The findings suggest that physical activity, apart from maintaining body functions, can be a way to sustain well-being and selfhood in mild AD. This aspect of physical activity is important to consider in research, policy and practice when addressing the needs of people with dementia.

  • 3. Emami, A
    et al.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Making sense of illness: late-in-life migration as point of departure for elderly Iranian immigrants’ explanatory models of illness2005In: Paper presented by A. Emami at the 18th World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology, June 26- 30 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2005Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Emami, Azita
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Benner, Patricia
    Torres, Sandra
    Ekman, Sirka-Lisa
    Health as continuity and balance in life: senior Iranian immigrants' perceptions of health, illness and disease1999Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Emami, Azita
    et al.
    Dept. of Clinical Neuroscience, Occupational Therapy and Elderly Care Research, Div. of Geriatric Medicine and Center of Elderly Care Research, Karolinska Institute.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Late in life immigration as point of departure for elderly Iranian immigrants' explanatory models of illness2000Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 6. Emami, Azita
    et al.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Late-life immigration as point of departure for elderly Iranian immigrants' explanatory models of illness2001In: Gerontology, ISSN 0304-324X, E-ISSN 1423-0003, Vol. 47, no S1, p. 478-Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7. Emami, Azita
    et al.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The process of migration as point of departure for elderly immigrants' understandings of illness2000In: The Gerontologist, ISSN 0016-9013, E-ISSN 1758-5341, Vol. 40, no Special Issue I, p. 283-Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Emami, Azita
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Lipson, Juliene & Ekman, Sirka-Lisa
    An ethnographic study of a day-care center for Iranian immigrant seniors2000In: Western Journal of Nursing Research, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 169-188Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Late in life immigrants are often at risk of psychological stress and social isolation because of language problems, small social networks, and cultural differences from the host society. Community intervention programs can reduce such stress and isolatio

  • 9.
    Emami, Azita
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Lipson, Juliene
    Ekman, Sirka-Lisa
    An ethnographic study of a day care center for Iranian immigrant seniors2001In: Presented at the 27th Annual Transcultural Nursing Society Conference in Pittsburgh, USA. October 10-13, 2001, 2001Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Emami, Azita
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Lipson, Julienne
    Ekman, Sirka-Lisa
    Culturally-appropriate care for ethnic minority seniors1999In: (Paper presented by the first author at the 6th Asia/ Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology in Seoul, Korea), 1999Conference paper (Other scientific)
  • 11.
    Forssell, Emilia
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal Högskola.
    Olaison, Anna
    Linköpings Universitet.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Need assessment with older migrants: challenges to social work2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Forssell, Emilia
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal Högskola.
    Olaison, Anna
    Linköpings Universitet.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Need assessors in elderly care meet immigrant families: the welfare state reconsidered2013In: The Journal of Nutrition , Health and Aging, Vol. 17, Supplement 1, 2013 / [ed] Springer, Springer , 2013, p. S315-S316Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract
  • 13.
    Forssell, Emilia
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal Högskola.
    Olaison, Anna
    Linköpings Universitet.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Understandings of cross-cultural interaction and ethnic ‘Otherness’ as challenges for needassessment practices: results from a focus group study with Swedish need assessors2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Forssell, Emilia
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal Högskola.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Social work, older people and migration: an overview of the situation in Sweden2012In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 115-130Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The globalisation of international migration is challenging social work practice in general and elder care in particular all across Europe. This article gives insight into social work practice with elderly people in Sweden by focusing on older migrants and their families. The article addresses the changes that Swedish elder care has undergone through the past few decades and how elder care is organised. The cases of two migrant families who care for their elderly relatives are described also in an attempt to draw attention to some of the specific challenges that social work practice with older migrants and their families can pose. The article argues that social work practice with these specific populations needs to become aware of the implications that understandings of ethnic 'Otherness' have for how elder care is planned and provided. Moreover, it is argued that the globalisation of international migration we are witnessing across Europe and the ethnic diversity in older populations that it brings about demand that social work is delivered in a more generationally aware way. Aiming to solely increase the social integration of older migrants can end up jeopardizing the social and economic integration of their families. 

  • 15.
    Forssell, Emilia
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal Högskola, Stockholm.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Olaison, Anna
    Linköpings universitet, Socialt arbete.
    Anhörigomsorg mot betalning: Biståndshandläggare om sent-i-livet-invandares önskemål2014In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 114-137Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Artikeln diskuterar den ökande internationella migrationens utmaningar för äldreinriktat socialt arbete. Konkret undersöks erfarenheter hos äldreomsorgens biståndshandläggare gällande att möta sent-i-livet-invandrare som önskar anhörigomsorg med betalning genom anhöriganställning eller kontantbidrag. Biståndshandläggarna erfar situationer där de i rollen som myndighetsutövare upplever sig sakna såväl kunskap som resurser att hantera sådana önskemål.

  • 16.
    Forssell, Emilia
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal Högskola.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Olaison, Anna
    Linköpings Universitet.
    Anhörigomsorg mot betalning: Biståndshandläggare om sent-i-livet-invandrares önskemål2014In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 114-137Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Forssell, Emilia
    et al.
    Ersta Skondal Univ Coll, Dept Social Sci, SE-12806 Skondal, Sweden..
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Uppsala Univ, Dept Sociol, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Olaison, Anna
    Linkoping Univ, Dept Social & Welf Studies, S-58183 Linkoping, Sweden..
    Care managers' experiences of cross-cultural needs assessment meetings: the case of late-in-life immigrants2015In: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779, Vol. 35, no 3, p. 576-601Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Research on care managers' experiences of the needs assessment process is scarce even though the literature on needs assessment practice is relatively extensive. One of the research areas that has not received attention yet is the way in which care managers experience the challenges that are presumably posed by increased ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity among prospective elder care recipients. This article addresses this research gap. It is based on a project that aims to shed light on care managers' experiences of the needs assessment process in general and cross-cultural needs assessment meetings in particular. The data are constituted of focus group interviews with care managers in Sweden (N=60). In this article we focus on care managers' experiences of needs assessment with older people who have immigrated late-in-life, who come from cultures considered different from the Swedish one and who have not mastered the Swedish language. This was the group of older people that the care managers mostly thought of when asked to describe their experiences of cross-cultural needs assessment meetings. The interviewed care managers discussed the challenges that these meetings present, which were related to communication due to language barriers, different demands and expectations, insecurity regarding what is customary in such meetings, as well as perceived passivity among late-in-life immigrants. The article discusses the contributions of the findings to research on care management practices in general, as well as to needs assessment practice in particular.

  • 18.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Being, feeling and acting: A qualitative study of home help care recipients' understandings of dependence and independence2008In: The 19th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, Oslo, Norway, 2008, May 25-28, 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life (NISAL), Linköping University, Sweden.
    Being, feeling and acting: A qualitative study of Swedish home-help care recipients' understandings of dependence and independence2010In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 75-87Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article contributes to the debate on dependence and independence through a study of how a group of 29 cognitively healthy Swedish home-help care recipients between the ages of 77 and 93 perceive their situation. Two overall themes with regards to how the constructs of dependence and independence are understood were found. One of them concerns how being in need of help can be justified (i.e. the why of receiving help) and the other how the very situation of being in need of help and care can be regarded (i.e. the how of receiving help). The study reveals a clear distinction between receiving help and care and feeling dependent, as well as between receiving help and care and being able to remain an active agent. On the basis of these findings we argue for the fruitfulness of distinguishing between ‘being’, ‘feeling’ and ‘acting’ as aspects of dependence and independence.

  • 20.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Being in need of help and being dependent are two different things: Understandings of dependency and independence among Swedish home-help care recipients2006In: Presented at the 59th annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 16-20 in Dallas, Texas, 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 21.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Beroende eller oberoende?: En kvalitativ studie av hur äldre hjälptagare ser på att ha hjälp och stöd2007In: Sociologisk Forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, no 1, p. 30-51Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Does old age matter?: Old age references and the purposes they fulfill in descriptions of everyday life2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Livssituation och förhållningssätt bland äldre i behov av hjälp och stöd2005In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 279-293Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    On being, feeling and acting dependent: a qualitative study of home-help care recipients’ understandings2008In: Paper presented by G. Hammarström at the 19th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, May 25-28 in Oslo, Norway, 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Subjective well-being among elderly people in need of help and support in their everyday lives2006In: Paper presented at the 18th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, May 28-31 in Jyväskylä, Finland, 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 26.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Successful aging from the perspective of home-help care recipients2010In: The 20th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, May 30th- June 3rd in Iceland, 2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Variations in subjective well-being among elderly home-help care recipients: a matter of acceptance, predictability and control2010In: Paper presented – by G. Hammarström – at the 20th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, May 30th- June 3rd in Iceland, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 28.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Variations in subjective well-being when 'aging in place': A matter of acceptance, predictability and control2012In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 192-203Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the present study is to explore how older home-help recipients regard their life situation in terms of subjective well-being. The background is that there seem to be two counteracting forces affecting the achievement of subjective well-being among home-help recipients: on one hand, both diminished everyday competence and dependence on others' help are supposed to reduce subjective well-being, and on the other hand, living in one's own home is supposed to affect subjective well-being positively. The analysis is based on qualitative interviews with 21 home-help recipients between the ages of 78 and 93. The findings indicate that the informants' expressions of subjective well-being fall into four main categories: 'well-being', 'well-being despite it all', 'well-being so far', and 'lack of well-being'. Three comprehensive core themes were identified as relevant to a deeper understanding of the informants' various expressions of well-being. These core themes are acceptance, predictability, and control. The findings point to the possibility of experiencing subjective well-being despite diminished everyday competence and dependence on help and support from others. They suggest, in short, that subjective well-being among older people who receive help and support in their everyday lives is not only related to socio-contextual factors - such as physical and mental capability, activities and/or engagement in the outside world, the spatial and social consequences of physical limitations, social and emotional relations, as well as the social support they receive - but also to how they regard and handle these matters in terms of acceptance, predictability and control.

  • 29. Hellstrom, Ingrid
    et al.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    A wish to know but not always tell - couples living with dementia talk about disclosure preferences2013In: Aging & Mental Health, ISSN 1360-7863, E-ISSN 1364-6915, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 157-167Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Most research on disclosure issues in dementia has focused on what it is like to receive a dementia diagnosis. Little is known about the disclosure preferences that people with dementia and their cohabiting spouses have. In this study, we explore disclosure preferences and focus on what couples living with dementia want to know and tell about the disease. The study is based on 40 qualitative interviews (20 with people with dementia and 20 with their spouses). The analysis revealed five preference patterns regarding what the couples wanted to know and how they felt about sharing information concerning the disease with others. The patterns have been called: (1) want to know and tell (no reservations about it); (2) want to know and tell (some reservations about it); (3) want to know but do not want to tell; (4) want to know but cannot decide if we want to tell and (5) cannot agree on either knowing or telling. They show that couples' preferences about what they want to know are related to what they are willing to tell. The findings also show that it is usually the preferences of the person that has a dementia diagnosis that guide the stand that couples take as far as disclosure issues are concerned. Thus, the findings show the type of interdependence that exists when one person in a couple has received the diagnosis, and the life of the two people as a couple is challenged as a result of this.

  • 30.
    Hellström, Ingrid
    et al.
    Linköping Universitet.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    "A wish to know but not always tell": perspectives from couples living with dementia2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 31.
    Hellström, Ingrid
    et al.
    Linköpings Universitet.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Outlooks on the future: perspectives from people with dementia and their informal caregivers2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 32.
    Hellström, Ingrid
    et al.
    Linkoping Univ, Dept Social & Welf Studies, SE-60174 Norrkoping, Sweden.; Linkoping Univ, Ctr Dementia Res, SE-60174 Norrkoping, Sweden.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The “not yet” horizon: Understandings of the future amongst couples living with dementia.2016In: Dementia, ISSN 1471-3012, E-ISSN 1741-2684, Vol. 15, no 6, p. 1562-1585Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The way in which persons with dementia and their spouses regard the future could influence how they experience the disease itself. This study aims to explore how the future is understood by couples living with dementia. The analysis reveals different ways in which couples understand the future. The findings show that persons with dementia describe the here and now in ways that take the gloomy future they dread as a point of reference, and as a result of this, they operate in what we term the not yet horizon. But while they take for granted that there is a horizon that they have not yet reached, their spouses always seem to focus on the horizons that they have already crossed. The article discusses the findings in relation to ideas such as critical periods, existential coordinates and possible selves, and problematizes the implicit assumptions about the future that dementia researchers tend to operate from.

  • 33.
    Kania, Magdalena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Ideology, power and inclusion:: using the critical perspective to study how older ICT users make sense of digitisation2018In: Media Culture and Society, ISSN 0163-4437, E-ISSN 1460-3675Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Critical Internet and media scholarship has primarily focused on contributing to theoretical debates within the field of media and communications but few empirical studies have applied this theoretical approach. This article uses data on older active ICT users’ understandings of digitisation. It draws inspiration from Boltanski’s pragmatist sociology of critique and the notion that people’s own take on their situation are fruitful sources of information in the quest for emancipation. It employs the notions of ideology, power and inclusion – which are central to critical scholarship – to make sense of older active ICT users’ understandings of digitisation. In doing so, it explores the fruitfulness of the critical lens for studies of ICT users while bringing attention to older active ICT users’ critical capacities.

  • 34.
    Kania, Magdalena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Older active users of ICTs make sense of their engagement2017In: Seminar.net: Media, technology and lifelong learning, ISSN 1504-4831, E-ISSN 1504-4831, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Research on older people’s ICT usage tends to focus on either the ways in which they go about learning to use these technologies or the impact that ICTs have on their lives. This research seems, in other words, to take for granted that older people are ‘digital immigrants’ as the digital divide debate proposed. Research that specifically looks at the ways in which older ICT users make sense of their engagement with these technologies is still limited. This article explores therefore – through focus group interviews – how a group of older people who are active ICT users make sense of their ‘digital nativeness’. The analysis shows that the interviewees are well aware that their ICT proficiency differentiated them from their peers, which is why they make sense of their ICT usage by making reference to the issues that make them ‘exceptional’ older people. These include the fact that they have used computers for many years and therefore made ICT usage an everyday habit early on; the fact that most older people do not have the skills that they themselves have, which is why they feel the need to share them with others; and the fact that their lifelong experience means they can use these technologies in judicious ways. By bringing attention to how older active ICT users make sense of their engagement, this article contributes to the notion of the digital spectrum and the debate on the inequalities that ICT proficiency brings about.

  • 35.
    Kania-Lundholm, Magdalena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Keeping up with society: a critical perspective on older active users' understandings and engagement with ICTs2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 36.
    Kania-Lundholm, Magdalena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Keeping up with the information society: how active older users negotiate inclusion and participation2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 37.
    Kania-Lundholm, Magdalena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Keeping up with the information society: how active older users negotiate inclusion and participation2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper builds on an on-going project that aims to contribute to the scholarly debates on the “digital divide” and “digital inclusion” by bringing to fore the complexities of older people’s understandings and usage of digital technologies.  Older people are often considered one of the vulnerable groups and are among the key targets of the digital inclusion policies, which tend to focus on user-centered solutions on the micro-level. The critical approach employed in this paper allows reconsidering the normative, inclusionary, micro-level foundations of digital inclusion discourses that often inform the policy. The paper builds on the analysis of focus group interviews with 30 older adults (65+) who are active internet users in Sweden, the country often considered as one of the leading IT nations worldwide. We analyze how active older users construct, reproduce and negotiate ideological notions of participation, inclusion and their privileged position of (active) users as imperatives and prerequisites of “keeping up with the (information) society”. Additionally, the analysis suggests that discourses on digital inclusion need to acknowledge the divide that older people themselves create as they discursively position themselves against non-users when describing when, how and why they engage with digital technologies.

  • 38.
    Kania-Lundholm, Magdalena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Older active users of ICTs make sense of their engagement2017In: Seminar.net: Media, technology and lifelong learning, ISSN 1504-4831, E-ISSN 1504-4831, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Research on older people’s ICT usage tends to focus on either the ways in which they go about learning to use these technologies or the impact that ICTs have on their lives. This research seems, in other words, to take for granted that older people are ‘digital immigrants’ as the digital divide debate proposed. Research that specifically looks at the ways in which older ICT users make sense of their engagement with these technologies is still limited. This article explores therefore – through focus group interviews – how a group of older people who are active ICT users make sense of their ‘digital nativeness’. The analysis shows that the interviewees are well aware that their ICT proficiency differentiated them from their peers, which is why they make sense of their ICT usage by making reference to the issues that make them ‘exceptional’ older people. These include the fact that they have used computers for many years and therefore made ICT usage an everyday habit early on; the fact that most older people do not have the skills that they themselves have, which is why they feel the need to share them with others; and the fact that their lifelong experience means they can use these technologies in judicious ways. By bringing attention to how older active ICT users make sense of their engagement, this article contributes to the notion of the digital spectrum and the debate on the inequalities that ICT proficiency brings about.

  • 39.
    Kania-Lundholm, Magdalena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Older people, new media: the motivations for and experiences of older adults’ usage of digital media2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 40.
    Kania-Lundholm, Magdalena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Revisiting the digital divide: contributions from older internet users2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 41. Kania-Lundholm, Magdalena
    et al.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The divide that older people make: age, digital technologies and meaning among older internet users2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 42.
    Kania-Lundholm, Magdalena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The Divide That Older People Make: Age, Digital Technologies And Meaning Among Older Internet Users2014In: The Gerontologist, ISSN 0016-9013, E-ISSN 1758-5341, Vol. 54, no S2, p. 116-116Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Kania-Lundholm, Magdalena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The Divide Within: Older Active ICT Users Position Themselves Against Different 'Others'2015In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 35, p. 26-36Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Although research into older people's internet usage patterns is rapidly growing, their understandings of digital technologies, particularly in relation to how these are informed by their understandings of aging and old age, remain unexplored. This is the case because research on older active ICT users tends to regard old age as an empirically interesting part of the life-course as opposed to a theoretically profuse source of information about why and how older people engage with digital technologies. This article explores - through focus group interviews with 30 older adults (aged 66-89) - the ways in which the social position of old age is used by older active ICT users in order to make sense of how and why they engage with these technologies. In this article, positioning theory is used to shed light on how the older people interviewed positioned themselves as 'active older users' in the interviews. The analysis brings to the fore the divide that older people themselves create as they discursively position themselves against different types of ICT users and non-users (young and old) when describing how and why they engage with digital technologies.

  • 44. Krohne, K.
    et al.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Ashild, Slettebo
    Bergland, A.
    BEING A STANDARDIZED TEST ADMINISTRATOR IN AN ACUTE GERIATRIC SETTING2012In: The Gerontologist, ISSN 0016-9013, E-ISSN 1758-5341, Vol. 52, no S1, p. 397-397Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Krohne, K.
    et al.
    Högskole i Oslo & Akershus.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Slettebo, Å
    Högskole i Oslo & Akershus.
    Bergland, A.
    Högskole i Oslo & Akershus.
    Being a standardized test administrator in acute geriatric settings2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 46.
    Krohne, Kariann
    et al.
    Högskole i Oslo.
    Bergland, Astrid
    Högskole i Olso.
    Slettebö, A.
    Högskole i Oslo.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    A standardized geriatric encounter?2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 47. Krohne, Kariann
    et al.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Slettebo, Ashild
    Bergland, Astrid
    Everyday uses of standardized test information in a geriatric setting: a qualitative study exploring occupational therapist and physiotherapist test administrators' justifications2014In: BMC Health Services Research, ISSN 1472-6963, E-ISSN 1472-6963, Vol. 14, p. 72-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Health professionals are required to collect data from standardized tests when assessing older patients' functional ability. Such data provide quantifiable documentation on health outcomes. Little is known, however, about how physiotherapists and occupational therapists who administer standardized tests use test information in their daily clinical work. This article aims to investigate how test administrators in a geriatric setting justify the everyday use of standardized test information. Methods: Qualitative study of physiotherapists and occupational therapists on two geriatric hospital wards in Norway that routinely tested their patients with standardized tests. Data draw on seven months of fieldwork, semi-structured interviews with eight physiotherapists and six occupational therapists (12 female, two male), as well as observations of 26 test situations. Data were analyzed using Systematic Text Condensation. Results: We identified two test information components in everyday use among physiotherapist and occupational therapist test administrators. While the primary component drew on the test administrators' subjective observations during testing, the secondary component encompassed the communication of objective test results and test performance. Conclusions: The results of this study illustrate the overlap between objective and subjective data in everyday practice. In clinical practice, by way of the clinicians' gaze on how the patient functions, the subjective and objective components of test information are merged, allowing individual characteristics to be noticed and made relevant as test performance justifications and as rationales in the overall communication of patient needs.

  • 48. Krohne, Kariann
    et al.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Slettebo, Ashild
    Bergland, Astrid
    Individualizing Standardized Tests: Physiotherapists' and Occupational Therapists' Test Practices in a Geriatric Setting2013In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 23, no 9, p. 1168-1178Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In assessing geriatric patients' functional status, health care professionals use a number of standardized tests. These tests have defined administration procedures that restrict communication and interaction with patients. In this article, we explore the experiences of occupational therapists and physiotherapists acting as standardized test administrators. Drawing on fieldwork, interviews with physiotherapists and occupational therapists, and observations of test situations on acute geriatric wards, we suggest that the test situation generates a tension between what standardization demands and what individualization requires. Our findings illustrate how physiotherapists and occupational therapists navigate between adherence to the test standard and meeting what they consider to be the individual patient's needs in the test situation. We problematize this navigation, and argue that the health care professional's use of relational competence is the means to reach and maintain individualization.

  • 49.
    Krohne, Kariann
    et al.
    Högskole i Oslo & Akershus.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Slettebo, Å.
    Bergland, Astrid
    Högskole i Oslo & Akershus.
    Everyday uses of standardizedtest information: a qualitative study exploring professional testadministrators’ justifications2014In: BMC Health Services Research, ISSN 1472-6963, E-ISSN 1472-6963Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 50.
    Krohne, Kariann
    et al.
    Högskole i Oslo & AKerhus.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Slettebo, Åshild
    Bergland, Astrid
    Högskole i Oslo & Akerhus.
    Being a standardized test administrator in an acute geriatric setting2012Conference paper (Refereed)
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