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Daan Duppen

KU Leuven & VLOZO (réseau flamand des maisons de retraite)
Unravelling existential suffering and its relation to depression in older adults: EXIST-well in nursing homes (CAT Program)
14 November 2022 -
18 November 2022

Daan Duppen is currently a Post-doctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. He conducts research in the area of Gerontology, Meaning in later life and age friendly cities and communities. He finished his PhD in December 2018. He has ample international experience as a student (New York Academy of Medicine, USA, 2014) and as a visiting researcher at the University of Humanistic Studies (Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2016-2018).

In November 2021, he joins the Paris IAS as part of the CAT program.

Research Interests

Meaning in life, loneliness in later life, frail older adults,  late life well-being, nursing homes, age-friendly cities and communities.

The ageing of the world's population is accompanied by an increase in comorbidities and disabilities. This leads to the need for long-term care in nursing homes, which report alarming levels of depressive symptomatology. Professionals in these institutions also report existential difficulties experienced by their residents.
No studies are currently available on the subject. This interdisciplinary project therefore fills this gap by clarifying the relationship between geriatric depressive symptoms and existential concerns, with the aim to develop the psycho-educational training of nursing home care professionals.