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07/02/2011 - Submitted by: Solin Pia

The Finnish WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Policy visited GeroCenter foundation for Research and Development in Jyväskylä on 1.2.2010. The aim was to familiarise each organisation with their respecive projects and activities.

The aim of the GeroCenter is to maintain and promote functional ability and well-being among older people as well as to generate the intellectual and operational prerequisites for good aging. This aim is approached on the basis of knowledge gained from gerontology and other disciplines focusing on aging research. In the GeroCenter service-providers, private businesses and researchers create a forum for wide interaction in the broad field of ageing issues. At this interface, the research results are translated into social innovations and potential service products. In the meeting senior researcher Raija Leinonen gave us a presentation of GeroCenter activities and also presented the GoodMood –study. The GoodMood study aimed to develop and evaluate the impact of early intervention on mood, loneliness and participation in older people who were at increased risk of decline in mental well-being. Also project director Piia Altti from Jyväskylä Care Service Society gave a presentation of Seniorinuotta –project, which aims to deliver services of psychosocial support and therapy as part of preventive elderly care. Project coordinators Maarit Lassander and Pia Solin presented WHO CC activities and MindHealth and MHP Hands -projects.

In the meeting senior researcher Raija Leinonen gave a presentation of GeroCenter activities and also presented the GoodMood study. The GoodMood study aimed to develop and evaluate the impact of early intervention on mood, loneliness and participation in older people who were at increased risk of decline in mental well-being. Also project director Piia Altti from Jyväskylä Care Service Society gave a presentation of Seniorinuotta –project, which aims to deliver services of psychosocial support and therapy as part of preventive elderly care. Project coordinators Maarit Lassander and Pia Solin presented WHO CC activities and MindHealth and MHP Hands -projects.

For further information on the GeroCenter projects, visit:http://www.gerocenter.fi/projects.html

For further information about Seniorinuotta, visit Finnish webpages: http://www.seniorinuotta.com/?page_id=6

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