Special Issue "Person-Centred Residential Care of Older Persons"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 18 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Mark Henrickson
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Guest Editor
School of Social Work, Massey University, Auckland 0600, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Interests: ageing; ethics; gender and sexual diversity; HIV; international social work; sexuality
Prof. Dr. Michal Boyd
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Co-Guest Editor
School of Nursing, University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Interests: advanced nursing practice; aged residential care; gerontology; palliative care of frail older people; primary health care of older people

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global population of older persons is expected to double to 1.5 billion, or one in six people, by 2050. This extraordinary demographic shift has been called a ‘longevity revolution’ by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2019). In some countries as many as a quarter of people over aged 85 will live in residential or other kinds of supported care. The WHO estimate that 10 million new cases of dementia are identified each year, mostly in older persons. Person-centred (known by various terms) is a key way to respect the dignity, independence, and citizenship of older persons. In the past year in many regions, older persons and residents of care facilities have been isolated from families and other social supports in a well-intended effort to protect them from Covid transmission. This social isolation is itself challenging to the wellbeing of older persons. This special issue of IJERPH calls for papers from all relevant disciplines (including social work, nursing, public health, psychology, philosophy, and related disciplines) to consider person-centred, wholistic residential care for older persons. Research need not have been completed since January 2020 but should consider the implications of Covid-related social isolation in their discussions and recommendations. Contributions from East and South Asian, African and Latin American countries and regions are particularly welcome.

Prof. Dr. Mark Henrickson
Prof. Dr. Michal Boyd
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ageing
  • Covid
  • Dementia care
  • Ethics
  • Long-term care
  • Person-centred care
  • Residential care
  • Resident-centred care
  • Social isolation
  • Wholistic care

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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