The Age and Care Research Group Graz is dedicated to aging and care research and deals with questions around demographic change, health opportunities in old age and the "good life" until the end of life on the basis of inter- and transdisciplinary, interfaculty, and interuniversity collaboration.
The Age and Care Research Group Graz is building its research on the longstanding expertise at the University of Graz in the field of aging studies and brings researchers from various disciplines - from the humanities, cultural and social sciences, but also from the legal, economic and natural sciences and the Medical ethics, nursing science, technology and architecture - together. Of particular importance for sustainable interdisciplinary cooperation is the interdisciplinary promotion of young researchers.
The Age and Care Research Group Graz deals with questions of the future, but also with questions of dealing with aging and aging processes in the present. It is dedicated to the social and cultural construction of images of aging such as questions of dementia research, medical ethics, nursing ethics and the end of life. In this regard, the emphasis needs to be on the assumption that the concept of care is not only narrowly used in a medical context, but, with regards to Joan Tronto's concept of "Caring Democracy" as a form of living together interdependently and a caring for each other and oneself, which brings a democratic-political aspect to the fore. This opens up versatile dimensions of the care aspect, which go far beyond the field of "care" in terms of nursing and eldercare. The Age and Care Research Group Graz puts its interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research work at the service of the university's social engagement. Academic knowledge must also be produced and organized in interaction with and through intelligent generation processes with relevant social actors. The Aging Graz Research Group assumes responsibility for the social role model function of the University of Graz in order to defend itself in research and practice against ageism, and to recognize the individuality and diversity of aging experiences.