I work as a postdoctoral researcher in GeroNurcing Centre (GNC). GNC is research centre of research and expertise on restorative care of elderly people. GNC research group is researching restorative care, its´ effectiveness, functional ability, and wellbeing of older adults and competence of those who are involved in their care as well as leadership and management relating to care of older adults. With demographic change, the need for social and health services for the elderly is increasing. Also the need of research related to functional capacity, reablement and rehabilitation of elderly is growing.
The purpose of my thesis was to describe and evaluate the physical performance of the elderly people who relocated to senior housing and its their change during the first year in new environment. The research provided information of the physical performance, the social environment and mental well-being of the elderly. Research results will help service providers to improve the procedures that aim to physical performance assessment and support of the residents.
- Functional ability and well-being of older adults
- Effectiveness of restorative care and reablement
- Digital technology in care of older adults
- Competence of care providers and their leaders
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Lotvonen S, Kyngäs H, Koisinen P, Bloigu R, Elo S. (2018) Mental Well-Being of Older People in Finland during the First Year in Senior Housing and Its Association with Physical Performance. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15(7):1331 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15071331
Lotvonen S, Kyngäs H, Koistinen P, Bloigu R, Elo S. (2017) Social Environment of Older People during the First Year in Senior Housing and Its Association with Physical Performance. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14(9):960 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14090960
Luukinen H, Lehtola S, Jokelainen J, Väänänen-Sainio R, Lotvonen S, Koistinen P. (2007) Pragmatic exercise-oriented prevention of falls among the elderly: A population-based, randomized, controlled trial. Preventive Medicine 44(3):265-271 DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.09.011
Luukinen H, Lehtola S, Jokelainen J, Väänänen-Sainio R, Lotvonen S, Koistinen P. (2007) Prevention of disability by exercise among the elderly: A population-based, randomized, controlled trial. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care 24(4):199-205. DOI:10.1080/02813430600958476
Professional and community activities
- Member of Soroptimist International global volunteer movement