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  • 1.
    Bülow, Pia H.
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT.
    Bülow, Per
    Region Jönköpings län.
    Wilińska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Ernsth-Bravell, Marie
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work.
    Care and living conditions for older people with severe mental illness in a Swedish municipality2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Bülow, Pia H.
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue).
    Bülow, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Department of Psychiatry, Ryhov County Hospital, Jönköping, Sweden.
    Wilińska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Ernsth-Bravell, Marie
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    The meaning of illness, times and spaces: Stories about severe mental illness from a life course perspective2019Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Ernsth-Bravell, Marie
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Bülow, Per
    Region Jönköpings län.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Wilińska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Bülow, Pia H.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work.
    Older people with and without mental illness – Register-based population study from Sweden2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Ernsth-Bravell, Marie
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Delaktighet i hälso- och sjukvård i Jönköpings kommun2019Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Under de senaste decennierna har det skett en rad organisatoriska förändringar inom vård och omsorg. En av de stora konsekvenserna av förändringarna är ett utökat hälso- och sjukvårds-ansvar för kommunerna i landet. Inom hälso- och sjukvården har det också skett lagföränd-ringar, där bland annat delaktighet lyfts fram tydligare nu. Den här studien syftade därför till att undersöka hur personer som erhåller hälso- och sjukvård i kommunen uppfattar sin del-aktighet i planering, genomförande och uppföljning av hälso- och sjukvårdsinsatser.

    Studien omfattar tre olika kontexter; 1) hälso- och sjukvård i ordinärt boende, 2) hälso- och sjukvård i särskilt boende för äldre samt 3) hälso- och sjukvård i boende inom socialpsykiatrin. Olika metoder har använts (enkäter i studie 1 och 3 och intervjuer i studie 2) och rapporten är därför uppbyggd i tre delar.

    Resultaten visar dock att delaktighet är viktigt för personerna i samtliga tre kontexter men att det kan vara svårt att sätta ord på vad delaktighet egentligen betyder. Personer som ingår i studien ger flera goda exempel på när de känt sig delaktiga, men även det motsatta. Delaktighet är således en fråga som ständigt är aktuell och som man ständigt behöver arbeta med.   

  • 5.
    Gimbler Berglund, Ingalill
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Goda exempel på konkret internationalisering på hemmaplan. Med fokus på lärare och deras kompetenser2018Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Gjessing, Kristian
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Avdelningen för samhällsmedicin.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Hammar, Mats
    Linköpings universitet, Avdelningen för kliniska vetenskaper.
    Dahlberg, Johanna
    Linköpings universitet, Avdelningen för mikrobiologi och molekylär medicin.
    Faresjö, Tomas
    Linköpings universitet, Avdelningen för samhällsmedicin.
    Improvement of quality and safety in health care as a new interprofessional learning module – evaluation from students2014In: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, ISSN 1178-2390, E-ISSN 1178-2390, no 7, p. 341-347Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Interprofessional teamwork is in many ways a norm in modern health care, and needs to be taught during professional education.

    Description: This study is an evaluation of a newly introduced and mandatory learning module where students from different health profession programs used Improvement of Quality and Safety as a way to develop interprofessional competence in a real-life setting. The intention of this learning module was to integrate interprofessional teamwork within the students' basic education, and to give students a basic knowledge about Improvement of Quality and Safety. This report focuses on evaluations from the participating students (n=222), mainly medical and nursing students.

    Materials and methods: To evaluate this new learning module, a questionnaire was developed and analyzed using a mixed methods design, integrating both qualitative and quantitative methods. The evaluation addressed learning concepts, learning objectives, and interprofessional and professional development.

    Results and conclusion: A majority of students responded positively to the learning module as a whole, but many were negative towards specific parts of the learning module and its implementation. Medical students and male students were less positive towards this learning module. Improvements and alterations were suggested. 

  • 7.
    Hedman, Karl
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue).
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Räddningstjänstens suicidpreventionsarbete i Region Jönköpings län2018Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Wilińska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Ernsth-Bravell, Marie
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Bülow, Pia H.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue).
    Bülow, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Department of Psychiatry, Ryhov County Hospital, Jönköping, Sweden.
    Filling the gaps? – The role of voluntary organizations in supporting older people with severe mental illnesses in Sweden: Towards increased responsibility for the civil society beyond the dichotomous substitute-or-complement paradigm2019Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Department of Social Science, Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Wilińska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Ernsth-Bravell, Marie
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Bülow, Pia H.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT. Department of Social Work, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
    Bülow, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare. Ryhov County Hospital, Region Jönköping County, Sweden.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Filling the gaps? The role of voluntary organizations in supporting older people with severe mental illnesses2018In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Older people ageing with severe mental illness (SMI) usually fall in between mental health care and old age care services. The role of informal care in filling this gap is recognized. The role of other welfare providers, such as voluntary organizations, is unclear. The aim of this article is to analyze and discuss local voluntary organizations' ability to recognize and respond to the needs of older people with SMI in the community.

    11 local organizations focusing on mental illness, social care or old age were identified in a mid-sized Swedish city. Seven voluntary organizations participated in the study.

    Our analysis revealed three overarching themes: 'Age as a non-issue?', 'Public and voluntary sector (non)links' and 'organizational vulnerabilities'. Our results show that older people with SMI are to some extent also invisible in the voluntary sector. We were also able to discern differences in the 'we-for-us' organizations that provide support for their own members with SMI, and 'we-for-them' organizations that provide help to a broader group.

    Overall, older people with SMI remain a relatively invisible as a group for the voluntary organizations. We discuss these findings in relation to the specificity of the group and welfare contexts of voluntary work in communities.

  • 10.
    Johansson, Isabelle
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Jansson, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Oral health. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Lindmark, Ulrika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Oral health. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Effekt på munhälsa av samarbete mellan tandhygienist och personal i äldreomsorg2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Johansson, Isabelle
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Lindmark, Ulrika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Oral health. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT.
    Is an oral health coaching programme a way to sustain oral health for elderly people in nursing homes: A feasibility studyManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Kåreholt, Ingemar
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Dahl Aslan, Anna K.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Siverskog, Anna
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue).
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    ARN-J: A beautiful kaleidoscope of gerontologists and gerontological research: Three examples of our research2019Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Ageing and Care Among Disabled Couples2013In: Ageing with disability: a lifecourse perspective / [ed] Eva Jeppsson Grassman and Anna Whitaker, Bristol: Policy Press , 2013, p. 109-127Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    "This is the first book to address the issue of ageing after a long life with disability. It breaks new ground through its particular life course perspective, examining what it means to age with a physical or mental disability and what the implications are of 'becoming old' for people who have had extensive disabilities for many years. These people may have had to leave the labour market early, and the book looks at available care resources, both formal and informal. Ageing with disability challenges set ideas about successful ageing, as well as some of those about disabilities. The life course approach that is used unfolds important insights about the impact of multiple disabilities over time and on the phases of life. The book highlights the meaning of care in unexplored contexts, such as where ageing parents are caregivers or regarding mutual care in disabled couples. These are areas of knowledge which have, to date, been totally neglected."--Publisher's website.

  • 14.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Ageing and Caring as Couples with Disabilities2014Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In gerontology and care research, care is often studied in ways in which older people and people with disabilities are portrayed as dependent on the care of younger or non-disabled people. This thesis, in contrast, studies care provided by people that are both old and have physical disabilities. The thesis explores how care is actualized and experienced by older couples who both have long-term or lifelong disabilities, and investigates the implications of this caring in the couples’ lives. Nine couples between 60 and 84 years old, of whom most had had disabilities for over 20 years, were interviewed as dyads; a process also conjoint interviewing. These interviews were analysed using grounded theory methods of coding and constant comparison. The results of the thesis confirm that it can make sense to be a carer even if one also needs care in everyday life. The analysis considers how conjoint interviewing resulted in relational and performative data about mutual care. The study helps explain the significance helping a partner despite having other sources of formal support and the difficulties of providing this help oneself. Finally, in a study whose participants are growing old together with disabilities, the results also show that the couples could regard themselves as ageing advantageously compared to other groups. Through its focus on caring for and by older people with disabilities, this thesis is at the intersection of social gerontology, care research and disability studies. However, from its interdisciplinary perspective, it can also challenge established discourses in these fields. Specifically, the study problematizes the absence of a care discourse in disability studies and the mostly age- and function-coded ways in which care is discussed in care research. The thesis problematizes dichotomies used in understanding care, such as roles of carers/care receiver and caring/servicing. It also challenges established ways of thinking about successful ageing. Lastly, the thesis contributes to the still growing literature on ageing with a disability.

  • 15.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology.
    Ageism, disablism and growing old with disabilities2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Ambiguities about thesis writing as a final assessment tool in undergraduate education2011Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 17.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    “Being in-Between”: Spouses that cohabit with and provide care for their partners in nursing homes2018In: Journal of Applied Gerontology, ISSN 0733-4648, E-ISSN 1552-4523Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is increasingly possible for couples with differing care needs to move to nursing homes together. To our knowledge, this is the first study about spousal caregiving in this context. This study explores spouse and staff experiences when relatively healthy spouses cohabit with and provide care to their partners in Swedish nursing homes. The overarching theme, ?being in-between,? reflects the spouse?s overlapping role transition and the staff?s unfamiliarity with the spouse?s role. The spouses are both ?insiders? and ?outsiders? and are torn between maintaining and letting go of caregiving. Meanwhile, the staff express concern about the spouse?s need for respite yet being constantly present, and struggle to balance the staff?s and the spouse?s control of the caregiving situation. This article provides insight into the challenges experienced by spouses who accompany their partners to residential care and how to best support them in this unfamiliar role.

  • 18.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Caringscapes, caring routes and the care context of couples growing old together with disabilitites2011In: The Gerontologist, vol 51, p.621, Boston, MA: Gerontological Society of America , 2011, p. 621-621Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 19.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Dilemma of Maintaining Nearness and Maintaining Distance2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 20.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Family life and care among couples in care homes2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This presentation introduces the background and first results of a study exploring family life and care among couples in care homes, where only one partner is needs-tested and the other is an accompanying co-habiting spouse. In 2012, a co-habitation guarantee came into effect in Sweden, giving older people in care homes the right to continue living with their spouse as part of a reasonable standard of life, regardless if the accompanying spouse is relatively healthy. Since the guarantee, about 300 couples per year choose to live together in care homes despite only one being needs-assessed. Little is known about their conditions for family life in the care home, which is an ambiguous environment that is the couple’s legal home, a shared space with other needs-tested older people, and a workplace for care staff with institutional characteristics. Couples with unequal health needs in care homes blur the spatial distinction between family home and the formal care organization, since the formal care environment also becomes a site for the couple’s family life and mutual caring. Few studies consider the experiences of couples living together in care homes, and there is also limited knowledge of relatives’ roles in the care home in the long term (Davies & Nolan, 2006). This ethnographic study contributes to this gap using participant observations, conjoint interviews with couples and focus groups with staff in five Swedish municipalities.

  • 21.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Filling the Gaps? – Voluntary Organizations’ Support for Older People with Severe Mental Illness2019In: Catalogue, Senior Generation, 14th International Forum, 10-13 April 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2019, p. 44-44Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Freedom and Imperative: Mutual Care Between Older Spouses With Physical Disabilities2014In: Journal of Family Nursing, ISSN 1074-8407, E-ISSN 1552-549X, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 204-225Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article explores mutual caregiving between older spouses aging with physical disabilities. Nine older couples, where both partners had lived long lives with physical disabilities, were interviewed as dyads about mutual caregiving. The couples not only had access to different kinds and degrees of formal support but also provided mutual care to each other in a variety of ways. Interview coding using grounded theory led to two overarching categories from which motivation for mutual caregiving could be understood. These categories were Mutual care as freedom and Mutual care as imperative. The results extend understanding about how older couples with disabilities attached meaning to their mutual caregiving, and why mutual care was sometimes preferable, despite the availability of other sources of help and despite practical difficulties of providing this help. These findings suggest that health care professionals need to be sensitive to the dynamics of the couple relationship and carefully explore the couple’s preferences for how formal support can best be provided in ways that honor and sustain the integrity of the couple relationship

  • 23.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Grounding care in social relationships2013In: NNDR 2013, Åbo, 2013, p. 205-Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Within disability studies and feminist care research as fields, problems regarding "caring" have been framed in different ways that set the care giver and care receiver as opposing stakeholders. Both views have however tended to limit the discussions on care to certain issues. Consequently, other meanings and actors of care had become invisible. What this paper shows is that studying care as enacted in relationships not only provides an alternative way to discuss care outside the traditional disciplinary frames but also can contribute to a broadened understanding of what actions to define as "caring". Studies that ground their discussion of care in relationships already question the definition of "carers" as mostly able-bodied women and "care" mostly as instrumental tasks. What these studies also do is to broaden understanding of care through raising it as something ongoing and temporal. Both carer / care receiver roles and the nature of what one defines as caring can thus change over time. This can lead to interesting and broadened discussions in disability studies, where the word "care" has long been linked to dependence and "help" often limited to discourse on assistance. For example, disabled people as both carers and receivers of help can be a possibility for study

  • 24.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Interviewing couples: creating data about shared experiences2015In: Att studera funktionshinder och åldrande: en bok om metoderfarenheter / [ed] Eva Jeppsson Grassman, Annika Taghizadeh Larsson, Norrköping: Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande (NISAL), Linköpings universitet , 2015, p. 81-103Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Older couples with long-term disabilities: Multiple jeopardy or successful ageing?2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    On couples ageing together with disabilities2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    “The right hand helps the left”: Care in couplehood where both partners are disabled2010In: Disability Studies ConferenceLancaster University7th-9thSeptember, 2010: Book of abstracts, Lancaster, UK: Lancaster University , 2010, p. 159-159Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Couplehood is an area of relationship between disabled people that is underresearched in comparison to self-evident family relationships with their parents and siblings. Although disabled people do enter into relationships with one another and there are expanding networks between disabled adults, few texts explore partnerships of love between the physically disabled. Most texts that discuss disability and relationships usually only describe spousal care by an able-bodied partner to a disabled one. It is also taken for granted that the disability was acquired after the marriage. But how does spousal care look like in a relationship where both partners are seen to be in need of help? How do the actualizations of such care change over time, over changing bodily states and with age? This paper describes a newly started PhD project placed at the intersection of disability studies, care studies and gerontology. The aim of the project is to explore the actualizations of care between disabled couples above the age of 55, who can both look back on a long relationship together, as well as look ahead to their future. Evidently, what is of interest to the project are not couples who acquire disability with advanced age, but rather those who have acquired impairments earlier in life. The focus is on the concept of care understood in a broader meaning, which challenges notions of dependence in care. The preliminary results of the qualitative interview study will be discussed. Interviews have been conducted with couples, where both partners have a long-term disability and have had the opportunity to live long lives together with their impairments. The dichotomy between caregiver and care receiver become less clear as partners usually take on both these roles simultaneously. Care in the relationships might also have different meanings and actualizations depending on the changing needs and bodily states of both partners.

  • 28.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Using conjoint interviews with couples that have been living with disabilities and illnesses for a long time – implications and insights2013In: Qualitative Studies, ISSN 1903-7031, E-ISSN 1903-7031, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 100-113Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article discusses conjoint interviews and takes its starting point from a study with nine older couples who have been living with disabilities for a long period of time. Conjoint interviewing where dyads are interviewed together produces a different kind of data from individual interviews – specifically data that conduce different ways of talking about “we-ness” and produce interaction between the participants. This article discusses how this appeared in a study that was interested in the understandings and actualizations of spousal care when both have a disability or illness. The method leads to an analysis centered on mutuality and has potential to problematize traditional caring tasks and caring roles in the context of living with disability or chronic illness. Potentials and limitations of the method are discussed.

  • 29.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    “What will happen to me when I'm old?” Autonomy and class in residential housing for the old in the Philippines2010In: Rum för åldrande: Essäer om äldres boende: Essäer skrivna i forskarutbildningskursen Äldres boende / [ed] Abramsson, M., Hagberg, J-E., Lukkarinen Kvist, M. och Nord, C., Linköping: Linköping University , 2010, p. 37-42Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna antologi ingår elva essäer som ur olika perspektiv behandlar äldre och gamlas boende. De är skrivna i en forskarutbildningskurs vid Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga forskarskolan i äldre, åldrande och omsorg. Red. Abramsson, M., Hagberg, J-E., Lukkarinen Kvist, M. och Nord, C. Linköpings Universitet.

  • 30.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Whose right to a “Reasonable Level of Living”? Spouses with differing care needs in Swedish nursing homes2018In: The Journal of Aging and Social Change, ISSN 2576-5310, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 45-60Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Sweden, eligibility to move to a nursing home is usually based on an individual needs assessment. In 2012, an amendment to the Social Services Act was enacted, giving persons with residential care the right to live with a spouse in the nursing home, even if the spouse is relatively healthy and does not need nursing care. In this article, two contrasting case studies of cohabiting couples are presented. These case studies are based on field observations and qualitative interviews with the couples and staff in two nursing homes in two Swedish municipalities. The article shows that local municipal guidelines, establishing who has the right to help and care, affect the ways that both the staff and the couple talk about the spouse’s rights and roles as a coresident in the nursing home. In the two cases, there were also different staff attitudes about the spouse’s need for support in the role as spousal caregiver.

  • 31.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Whose right to a worthy life?: Two case studies of spouses moving with their partner to assisted living2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Sweden, eligibility to move to an assisted living facility is usually based on individual needs assessment. Since 2012, a new addition to the Social Services Act makes it possible for needs-assessed older people to live with their spouse in the facility, regardless if the accompanying spouse is relatively healthy and does need the social- and nursing care provided there.  In this presentation, two contrasting case studies of cohabiting couples will be presented. These case studies are based on qualitative interviews with couples and staff in two assisted living facilities in two different Swedish municipalities. Local municipal guidelines establishing who has the right to help and care trickle down in the ways both the staff and couple talk about the spouse’s rights and roles in the facility. In the two cases, there were also different staff attitudes about the spouses’ need for support in their role as spousal caregiver within the facility.

  • 32.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    With This (Disabled) Body: Distributed paper, RC 11 (Sociology of Ageing)2010In: XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology Sociology on the MoveGothenburg, Sweden 11 - 17 July, 2010: Conference Abstracts / [ed] Laurel Conly, Edwin Fontanilla, David Miller, Matthew Ruben, Karen Stevens, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2010, p. 180-180Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Couplehood is an area of relationship between disabled people that is under-researched in comparison to self-evident family relationships withtheir parents & siblings. Although there are expanding networks between disabled adults, few texts explore partnerships of love between disabled people. Most texts that discuss disability and relationships usually only describe spousal care by an able-bodied partner to a disabled one. It is also taken for granted that the disability was acquired after the marriage. This paper discusses the preliminary results of a qualitative interview study with couples, where both partners have a long-term disability and have hadthe opportunity to live long lives together with their impairments. The aimof the study is to contribute to knowledge about disabled people’s relationships,as well as to explore the meanings & actualizations of care in these relationships over time, changing bodily states & age. The study is ongoing & is being analyzed using a Grounded Theory approach. Preliminary results indicate that the dichotomy between caregiver & care receiver become less clear as partners usually take on both these roles simultaneously. Care in the relationships might also have different meanings & actualizations depending on the changing needs & bodily states of both partners.

  • 33.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Ernsth-Bravell, Marie
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Bülow, Per
    Region Jönköpings län.
    Wilińska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Bülow, Pia H.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work.
    Similarities and Differences when Comparing Older People with Severe Mental Illness and a Population-based Study of Older People: Care and Living Conditions for Older People with Severe Mental Illness2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 34.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Taghizadeh Larsson, Annika
    Linköpings universitet, NISAL - Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande.
    Older couples with long-term disabilities: Multiple jeopardy or successful ageing?Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In a study where older couples who had lived long lives with physical disabilities were interviewed about mutual care, an unexpected finding that while the couples reported worsening disabilities, they also described themselves as advantaged, and as maintaining a high level of activity in some areas of life. In this article, we investigate how the couples achieve this sense of ageing successfully when the participants’ stories of physical decline, from an outsider’s perspective, might be thought to produce double-, triple- or multiple jeopardy. The results show how the couples use different types of reference groups and refer to various resources to frame themselves as privileged. Furthermore, through environmental adaptations, technical aids and supportive services, they managed to maintain a high level of activity, despite living with disabilities. Notably, the couples described themselves as advantaged by referring to being older, to the long life with disabilities and to ageing with disabilities together. The overarching ambition of the article is to problematize established notions of successful ageing. Considering that the couples referred to the very conditions that might be seen as disadvantageous,  the problem of pre-defined criteria for successful ageing becomes particularly apparent.

  • 35.
    Wilińska, Monika
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Bülow, Pia H.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT.
    Bülow, Per
    Region Jönköpings län.
    Ernsth-Bravell, Marie
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work.
    Torgé, Cristina Joy
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Severe mental illness from a life course perspective – the meaning of times and spaces. Narratives by older people living in homes for the Elderly2018Conference paper (Refereed)
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