Open lecture: how economic conditions impact the wellbeing of elderly people

Professor of gerontology Pingo (Ingemar) Kåreholt from Jönköping University (Sweden) will hold an open lecture at Tomsk Polytechnic University. The lecture will address impacts of social and economic development on the wellbeing of elderly people. The lecture is scheduled on 12th September, at 18:05. The lecture will take place at the TPU Library (369 Lecture Hall, 53A Belinskogo St.) and will be delivered in English.


Photo: Prof. Pingo Kåreholt and his colleague Susanne Johannesson


Prof. Pingo Kåreholt arrived to Tomsk for the 4th International Scientific Symposium Lifelong Wellbeing in the World to be held on 11-15 September 2017. About 300 scholars and students from different Russian regions and countries take part in the symposium.

‘At the lecture we will talk on how social and economic development of the society impacts elderly people and their wellbeing. What outcomes we got over the course of our study, what relationship we found between the level of social and economic wellbeing and general wellbeing of elderly people,’

announces Prof. Kåreholt.

The lecture is open, registration is not needed.


Since 2014, scholars of Tomsk Polytechnic University have conducted research devoted to the Evaluation and Improvement of Social, Economic and Emotional Well-being of Older People supervised by Professor Fabio Casati, the University of Trento, Italy. Scholars conducted a large-scale sociological survey of retired people living in Tomsk region and designed a concept of a wellbeing index of elderly people for the Russian region, including objective and subjective criteria, i.e. how a person evaluates his/her ‘level of happiness’.


In addition, a group of TPU scholars developed a dedicated app GymCentral to enhance physical activity of retired people. This is a virtual fitness room on a tablet which helps retirees both to keep themselves fit and make new friends not leaving home. The app has already been tested in five countries: Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, and the USA. The experiment showed that physical and social activities are interrelated: the more people train, the more they communicate.