Jolanda Lindenberg is a socio-cultural anthropologist with a PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany. At the Leyden Academy, Jolanda leads the activities in the focus area Connected, and researches social networks, group identity and identity formation of older people. She is also involved in various research projects including into wishes and ambitions of older adults, quality of life of older people, the image of older people, and the development of a conversation tool that maps the wellbeing of older individuals (the Life and Vitality Assessment).
Jolanda’s main focus are views on becoming older and older people. Together with fellow Belia Schuurman she reviews how older people think about themselves and older adults in general. With fellow Nina Conkova she researches the wishes of older people with a non-Dutch background in older age and in care more particularly. Together with Miriam Verhage she is engaged in various projects on the experience of ageing of older adults with low literacy. In addition, Jolanda is involved in various courses, for example the course ‘Silver Starters’ for older entrepreneurs, the Honours class Innovating Health and Wellbeing, and the platform on narrative education in health care, www.caringstories.eu.
Perception of the elderly in society, older people’s identity, self-image, life and vitality assessment, needs of the elderly, elderly abuse, quality of life, care and support networks
International media highlights
- August 2020, The Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, and the Life Course (AAGE), blog post ‘It takes two to tango’ about the experiences of Dutch older people in times of COVID-19.
- April 2020, EIT Health website, article ‘Rethinking the role of older people: Successful entrepreneurs are ageless’.
- Februari 2016, research ‘Citizen-centred opportunities: Ambitions of 55+ Europeans in selected countries’
- Juli 2015, British Medical Journal, ‘Talk medicine’ podcast ‘The system can abuse elderly too’
Click here for an overview of publications in scientific journals.