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Human Rights and Discrimination Research Centre- CSCDOD
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The Center set as main task a scientific research activity in the field of national and international relationships with the major purpose of complying with human fundamental right, as well as of preventing discrimination based on age, religion, beliefs, disabilities, or sexual orientation, as far as employment and the work conditions are concerned. From an international perspective, the discrimination of the old-agers tends to become, in the countries developed from an industrial point of view, as in Romania, an ideology. The contemporary societies in Europe and in North America are "societies blocked by age". Starting with this moment, Romania is going to confront with a new demographic reality: the ageing through the top of the pyramid. But, although the Romanian legislative and institutional background in the domain of the discrimination of the disfavored groups is one of the most advanced at the European level, the discrimination of the old-agers is extremely thick met in the socio-psychological practice. Headed by the director, Professor Ana Staiculescu, CSCDOD has been created in response to this new social reality based, on one hand, on the increasing expectations for a better old age without ageism, and, on the other hand, on the increasing pressures on families - to provide care - and on public finances to support a larger category of old people.
CSCDOD mission is to undertake first-class research into finding cost-effective ways for improving quality of life in old age, with or without extension to life and to prevent agism. In a 21st century that will belong, numerically speaking, to old-agers, the united scientific community should propose itself to demonstrate, starting with scientific arguments and with the results of the empirical researches, that the ability and that the creativity does not depend on the chronological age. There are two arguments which conduct CSCDOD towards the study of "the sociology of the third age". First of all, the way in which the ageing is more and more influenced by social factors: on the average, people live more than before. We live in a society within the framework of which the proportion of people of 65 years old or more, increases in a constant mood. Second, the problem of the social importance of ageing implies two contradictory problems. On one hand, in a society which suffers contrasting changes - as that in which we live is - the accumulation of knowledge by the old-agers does not seem to the young people like being a valuable source of wisdom, but only an old fashion thing. On the other hand, as a result of the fact that the old-agers make a percent more and more bigger between population in ensemble, this group possesses a strong potential of political power which has the capacity to impose changes in social plan.
Main research areas
This field of research draws on many disciplines and requires a co-ordinated multi-disciplinary approach. The Human Rights and Discrimination Research Center is fully committed to the belief that the production of high quality, strategic research -which informs and is informed by good policy and practice- will lead to a greater understanding of societies as they age and ultimately to better lives for older people. Our research programme addresses population ageing at three levels: globalization of ageing, societal ageing and individual ageing: Ageism: construction and verification of a new scale for measuring ageism: Scale of Ageism Population studies and environmental factors affecting quality of life, sexual health of older people, older people-involvement and service provision, the ageing brain, the genetics of common ageing disorders, frailty and well-being, geriatric assessment, gerontological nurse education, health services research and intermediate care, nutritional studies. End of life care, homeless people and homelessness.
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