Aging and decision-making competence

Project leader

Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 3320000 SEK


Decision-making skills are critical for preserving physical and psychological well-being in older adulthood. Elderly adults continue to take everyday life decisions, but with advanced age, they have to face new, and sometimes even more complex, decision-making problems. The general objective of the research program is to investigate decision-making competence across the adult lifespan in order to increase the existing knowledge and to orient the design of effective forms of decision support for elderly people.

A central aim of the project is to investigate how older adults perceive and evaluate decision problems in their real life, and to understand how the aging decision makers interact with the environment in order to cope with cognitive and emotional changes. A related aim is to develop standardized instruments for the objective assessment of individual and age-related differences in judgment and decision-making competence. A more applied contribution of the project is to develop theoretically and empirically-justified guidelines for effective forms of decision support , which can be positively accepted by elderly people.

The results of the project will advance our knowledge of how elderly adults handle and cope with complex everyday decision tasks while their physical and cognitive resources are gradually reducing. The present project will also provide insights and explicit guidelines for decision aiding in older adults

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