Since 1994, the Department of Psychology of Aging is studiyng the psychological and psychosocial apects related to the process of aging and the old age. The investigation is working in coordination with the University training programs at different levels and with the outreach and assistance activities.
The new social and demographic realities of Uruguay, Latin America and the world of the Twenty-First Century, require renewed efforts in aging research as part of the most significant human phenomena with multiple referrals. The way in which aging is experienced, it passes and is meant in our society makes the concrete reality of different and singular process of aging, and it is involved with relevant aspects of the development of each society and individuals that constitute it.
The systematic study of aging and old age, conducted by the Department of Psychology of Aging at the Faculty of Psychology, is deployed from research groups convened by various areas of problems, which are organized into ten thematic areas:
1- Memory and identity in the aging process
2- Image of the body in the process of aging.
3- Genre and generations.
4- Social representation of the old age in the mass media.
5- Participation and public spaces.
6- Dementia type Alzheimer and Cognitive Disorders.
7- Psychotherapy with means of artistic expression.
8- Suicide in old adults.
9-Formation of Human Resourses in Gerontology.
10- Protocol of accession in Geriatrics.
In order to finalize this introduction, we make ours the words of our teacher, Prof. Emeritus Juan Carlos Carrasco, expressed a few years ago. These words, appart from noted an ethic of teaching in the University, they synthesized and guided the academic and cientific production of the Department of Psychology of Aging:
“a teaching devoid of inputs from research and data from a particular practice is invariably doomed to turn into a mere speech, in a simple empty rhetoric … research content without the advantage of a practice questioned by reality social risks of being shot into the air. In turn an outreach that does not involve an attitude and practice of extension, can become an action merely empirical, or at worst, in the application of a theoretical model extrapolated to a reality that has nothing to do with him “
Carrasco, J. C. (1989)
Extensión: idea perenne y renovada
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