Beiträge mit Tag: health

Research fellow „Health and Agency“

Martina Schmidhuber studied Philosophy at the University of Salzburg (Austria) and received her PhD in 2010. She was research assistent at the department of Philosophy in Salzburg from 2007 till 2011. From 2010 until 2012 she was research fellow at Hannover Medical School at the departement of History, Ethics and  Philosophy of Medicine (Germany). In the winter term 2012/13 she was teaching Applied Ethics at the University of Bielefeld (Germany) at the department of Philosophy. Since February 2013 she is research fellow at the ifz.

Research interests: medical ethics (dementia, aging society), personal identity and education.

Symposium „The Human Agent – Capabilities and Justice“
Paper presented by Hans Jonsson


Hans Jonsson described that the transition towards retirement often leads to surprise, a slower rhythm and to a conflicting experience of freedom.

He said that engaging occupations are crucial for the time around this transition and retirement itself. Jonsson found that, besides social and financial stability as well as physical and psychological health, close emotional relationships, meaningful doing, and social contacts are essential for experiencing a good life in retirement. Hence Jonsson’s advice for health in old age is: „stay engaged, stay social, stay fit!“.

21. Februar 09:30-17:00 ifz Salzburg, Anmeldung erforderlich kontakt


Das ifz lädt am 21.2.2013 von 9.30 h bis 17.00 h zu einem Gespräch über „Gutes Altern und benediktinische Tradition. Die Fragen nach „gutem Altern“ und nach einem „guten Miteinander“ mit älteren Menschen werden zu Schlüsselfragen der Zukunft. Hier müssen wir nachdenken, hier brauchen wir Inspirationen und Beispiele.In der christlichen Tradition sind Schätze verborgen, die nicht immer bekannt sind; solche Erfahrungs- und Erkenntnisschätze finden wir etwa in der benediktinischen Tradition.

A Dialogue between Philosophy and Occupational Science
10.-11. January 2013
ifz Salzburg

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International pioneers of Occupational Science enter into the dialogue with renowned representatives of Philosophy about their core-subject: The human agent. This interdisciplinary dialogue will foster an advanced understanding about the human agent. Together we will develop a holistic view on „capabilities and justice“.

Welchen Einfluss hat Eigenarbeit auf individuelles Wohlbefinden? Bachelorarbeit von Monika Gumpelmair & Theresa Hofstätter


Eigenarbeit birgt Potential! In der Ergotherapie wird Handwerk schon lange als Therapiemittel eingesetzt, beispielsweise, um Erfolgserlebnisse zu vermitteln oder Selbstwirksamkeit erlebbar zu machen. In der vorliegenden Bachelorarbeit, verfasst von Theresa Hofstätter und Monika Gumpelmair, wird der Frage nach der Wirkung des Handwerks im Haus der Eigenarbeit in München nachgegangen.

Birgit Prodinger


b_prodingerMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a episodic progressive neurological disease that is frequently diagnosed when people are at the peak of their careers and particularly socially active. The aim of this study was to gain knowledge about contextual barriers and facilitators that impact on work and social life participation of people with MS in Austria and Switzerland from their perspectives, and to subsequently examine cross-national experiences in the identification and priorization of factors identified by people with MS.

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Occupational scientists refer to occupation as “the various everyday activities people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. Occupations include things people need to, want to and are expected to do” (ISOS, 2010). Also the characteristics of the discipline itself have been discussed extensively, such as the link of OS to occupational therapy (OT), the philosophical and theoretical foundations, and the international and interdisciplinary character of the discipline (Blanche & Henny-Kohler, 2006; Hocking, 2000; Laliberte Rudman et al., 2008; Lunt, 1997).