Cristina Joy Torgé

Senior Lecturer Gerontology

Institute of Gerontology , School of Health and Welfare

Joy Torgé, Ph.D. in Ageing and Later Life, is as a Senior lecturer in Gerontology. She has an interdisciplinary background in the subjects Philosophy, Applied ethics and Public health. Joy is a member of the research group ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping) in Jönköping University.

Joy's disseration ”Ageing and caring as couples with disabilities” (2014, Linköping university) was based on qualitative interviews with older couples with physical disabilities on their experiences of informal and mutual caring.

Research

Joy is continuing her research on older couples and care. In 2016, she received a grant from FORTE for the project ”Family life and informal care within eldercare: Couples with unequal care needs in assisted living”. The aim of this project is to add knowledge about family life and care at the intersection of private and the public spheres, particularly when couples with unequal health needs move to an assisted living residence together. The project ends in 2019.

Joy is also a researcher in another FORTE-financed project about older people with severe mental illness. In one substudy, she has studied the kinds of support given to older people by volunteer organizations focusing on mental health and illness. Another ongoing substudy she is working on deals with experiences of old age care staff in working with people with severe mental illness.

Together with other researchers in the School of Health and Welfare, Joy is involved in a project in collaboration with the Fire and Rescue Services in Jönköping municipality. This project is about emergency services' suicide prevention work and is financed by the Public Health Agency of Sweden. 

Teaching

Joy is coordinator for the Nordic Master’s Degree Program in Gerontology, NordMaG, which is a cooperation between Jönköping University, Lund University, the University of Iceland and the Norwegian Univeristy of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Gjøvik. As of 2017, she is the coordinator for the two Masters programs in Gerontology (60 credits / 120 credits) at the Institute of Gerontology. Joy also teaches in in the undergraduate-  and masters level as a lecturer, course leader and course examiner. She runs the course "Ageing and Society: Diversity, Paricipation and Health" and "Gerontology: Perspectives, Theories and Methods". At the doctoral level, she is course leader for a course on Research Design.

Other

Since 2015, Joy is Editorial Assistant and Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Ageing and Later Life (IJAL), a scientific open-access journal on Social Gerontology. She is also a board member and the secretary of SGS, the Swedish Gerontological Society.

Article

Johansson, I., Torgé, C., Lindmark, U. (2019). Is an oral health coaching programme a way to sustain oral health for elderly people in nursing homes: A feasibility study International Journal of Dental Hygiene. More information
Jegermalm, M., Wilińska, M., Ernsth-Bravell, M., Bülow, P., Bülow, P., Torgé, C. (2018). Filling the gaps? The role of voluntary organizations in supporting older people with severe mental illnesses Nordic Social Work Research. More information
Torgé, C. (2018). “Being in-Between”: Spouses that cohabit with and provide care for their partners in nursing homes Journal of Applied Gerontology. More information
Torgé, C. (2018). Whose right to a “Reasonable Level of Living”? Spouses with differing care needs in Swedish nursing homes , 8(1), 45-60. More information
Gjessing, K., Torgé, C., Hammar, M., Dahlberg, J., Faresjö, T. (2014). Improvement of quality and safety in health care as a new interprofessional learning module – evaluation from students Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 341-347. More information
Torgé, C. (2014). Freedom and Imperative: Mutual Care Between Older Spouses With Physical Disabilities Journal of Family Nursing, 20(2), 204-225. More information
Torgé, C. (2013). Using conjoint interviews with couples that have been living with disabilities and illnesses for a long time – implications and insights Qualitative Studies, 4(2), 100-113 Århus: The University and State Library - Aarhus . More information

Book chapter

Torgé, C. (2015). Interviewing couples: creating data about shared experiences. In: Eva Jeppsson Grassman, Annika Taghizadeh Larsson (Ed.), Att studera funktionshinder och åldrande: en bok om metoderfarenheter (pp. 81 -103). Norrköping: Nationella institutet för forskning om äldre och åldrande (NISAL), Linköpings universitet More information
Torgé, C. (2013). Ageing and Care Among Disabled Couples. In: Eva Jeppsson Grassman and Anna Whitaker (Ed.), Ageing with disability: a lifecourse perspective (pp. 109 -127). Bristol: Policy Press More information
Torgé, C. (2010). “What will happen to me when I'm old?” Autonomy and class in residential housing for the old in the Philippines. In: Abramsson, M., Hagberg, J-E., Lukkarinen Kvist, M. och Nord, C. (Ed.), Rum för åldrande: Essäer om äldres boende: Essäer skrivna i forskarutbildningskursen Äldres boende (pp. 37 -42). Linköping: Linköping University More information

Conference paper

Torgé, C. (2019). Filling the Gaps? – Voluntary Organizations’ Support for Older People with Severe Mental Illness. Senior Generation, 14th International Forum, 10-13 April 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia. More information
Kåreholt, I., Dahl Aslan, A., Siverskog, A., Torgé, C. (2019). ARN-J: A beautiful kaleidoscope of gerontologists and gerontological research: Three examples of our research. International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress 2019, 23rd – 25th May 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden. More information
Jegermalm, M., Torgé, C., Wilińska, M., Ernsth-Bravell, M., Bülow, P., Bülow, P. (2019). Filling the gaps? – The role of voluntary organizations in supporting older people with severe mental illnesses in Sweden: Towards increased responsibility for the civil society beyond the dichotomous substitute-or-complement paradigm. International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress 2019, 23rd – 25th May 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden. More information
Bülow, P., Bülow, P., Wilińska, M., Torgé, C., Ernsth-Bravell, M., Jegermalm, M. (2019). The meaning of illness, times and spaces: Stories about severe mental illness from a life course perspective. International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress 2019, 23rd – 25th May 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden. More information
Hedman, K., Torgé, C. (2019). Suicide prevention services in Jönköping, Sweden. The Patient and Population Health and Informatics (PPH) Seminar Series, 28 October 2019, Swansea University, Medical School, Swansea, United Kingdom. More information
Gimbler Berglund, I., Torgé, C. (2018). Goda exempel på konkret internationalisering på hemmaplan. Med fokus på lärare och deras kompetenser. Internationaliseringsdagarna – från strategisk agenda till handling. 6-7 November 2018, Universitets- och högskolerådet (UHR), Uppsala University, Sweden. More information
Hedman, K., Torgé, C. (2018). Räddningstjänstens suicidpreventionsarbete i Region Jönköpings län. CISA (Centrum för interprofessionell samverkan och sambruk inom akut vård) Konferens: Prestigelöst samarbete över organisations- och professionsgränser, 23 October 2018, Linneus University, Växjö, Sweden. More information
Ernsth-Bravell, M., Bülow, P., Torgé, C., Wilińska, M., Bülow, P., Jegermalm, M. (2018). Older people with and without mental illness – Register-based population study from Sweden. The 24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, 2-4 May, 2018, Oslo, Norway. More information
Torgé, C., Ernsth-Bravell, M., Bülow, P., Wilińska, M., Bülow, P., Jegermalm, M. (2018). Similarities and Differences when Comparing Older People with Severe Mental Illness and a Population-based Study of Older People: Care and Living Conditions for Older People with Severe Mental Illness. Aging & Society: 8th Interdisciplinary Conference, Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan, 18–19 September 2018. More information
Wilińska, M., Bülow, P., Bülow, P., Ernsth-Bravell, M., Jegermalm, M., Torgé, C. (2018). Severe mental illness from a life course perspective – the meaning of times and spaces. Narratives by older people living in homes for the Elderly. The 24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, 2-4 May, 2018, Oslo, Norway. More information
Bülow, P., Bülow, P., Wilińska, M., Torgé, C., Ernsth-Bravell, M., Jegermalm, M. (2018). Care and living conditions for older people with severe mental illness in a Swedish municipality. Nationell forskningskonferens i socialt arbete, 9-10 October 2018, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden. More information
Torgé, C. (2018). Dilemma of Maintaining Nearness and Maintaining Distance. Aging & Society: 8th Interdisciplinary Conference, Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan, 18–19 September 2018. More information
Johansson, I., Torgé, C., Jansson, H., Lindmark, U. (2017). Effekt på munhälsa av samarbete mellan tandhygienist och personal i äldreomsorg. TandhygienistDagarna 2017: Hälsomyter, erosion och munhälsa, Göteborg, 2-4 april, 2017.. More information
Torgé, C. (2016). Family life and care among couples in care homes. The Gerontological Society of America's 69th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, November 16-20, 2016. More information
Torgé, C. (2016). Whose right to a worthy life?: Two case studies of spouses moving with their partner to assisted living. Ageing and Society - Sixth Interdisciplinary Conference : Aging, Life-course, and Social Change - A Common Ground Conference, Linköping, 6-7 October, 2016.. More information
Torgé, C. (2015). Ageism, disablism and growing old with disabilities. 13th Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) Research conference, 6-8 May 2015, Bergen, Norway. More information
Torgé, C. (2014). Older couples with long-term disabilities: Multiple jeopardy or successful ageing?. Galway, Irland 8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology, 10-12 April 2014, Galway, Ireland. More information
Torgé, C. (2013). Grounding care in social relationships. Åbo 12th Biannual Conference in Disability Research (NNDR 2013), 30-31 May 2013, Turku, Finland. More information
Torgé, C. (2012). On couples ageing together with disabilities. Umeå Midterm conference of the Research Network on Ageing in Europe “Ageing in the light of crises: Economic crisis, demographic change, and the search for meaning”, 3-5 October 2012, Umeå, Sweden. More information
Torgé, C. (2011). Ambiguities about thesis writing as a final assessment tool in undergraduate education. Linköping LiU:s utvecklingskonferens, 10 mars 2011, Linköping. More information
Torgé, C. (2011). Caringscapes, caring routes and the care context of couples growing old together with disabilitites. Boston, MA: Gerontological Society of America, 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Nov 18-22 2011, Boston MA. More information
Torgé, C. (2010). “The right hand helps the left”: Care in couplehood where both partners are disabled. Lancaster, UK: Lancaster University, Disability Studies Conference, Lancaster University, 7th-9th September 2010. More information
Torgé, C. (2010). With This (Disabled) Body: Distributed paper, RC 11 (Sociology of Ageing). Gothenburg, Sweden XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, "Sociology on the Move", Gothenburg, Sweden, 11 - 17 July 2010. More information

Doctoral thesis

Torgé, C. (2014). Ageing and Caring as Couples with Disabilities (Doctoral thesis, Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press). More information

Other publications

Torgé, C., Taghizadeh Larsson, A. . Older couples with long-term disabilities: Multiple jeopardy or successful ageing?. More information

Report

Ernsth-Bravell, M., Torgé, C. (2019). Delaktighet i hälso- och sjukvård i Jönköpings kommun. Jönköping: Jönköpings kommun More information

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