Vera Roos is a Professor of Psychology at the North-West University since 2004.
She has presented various papers and posters at national and international conferences on topics related to social gerontology with a focus on
contributions of older persons in challenged contexts
Vera’s theoretical approach, namely that the broader social environment informs the dynamic processes in complex systems, provided the background for the development of the Mmogo-method®. This method assists social researchers to access the dynamic interactions between people in relation to their communities within a particular context in a culturally sensitive manner. In the applications of the Mmogo-method® on older persons’ relational experiences (loneliness, friendships, intergenerational, spiritually-informed), the findings obtained from the data could not be explained satisfactory by existing relational theories.
Accordingly, she has developed a relational theory, Self-Interactional Group Theory (SIGT). Vera is committed to promote the relational and collective wellbeing of older people and communities in relation to the contextual realities by eliciting strengths and competencies. Vera Roos is an NRF-rated scientist on level C1.
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we-DELIVER: Holistic service delivery to older people in local government through ICTs
The overall objective of the we-DELIVER project is to develop appropriate context-specific information and communication technologies (ICTs) to capture service and resource information that will address the care needs of people 60 years and older in collaboration with local government officials in 3 pilot communities. The pilot communities linked to the 3 sites of the North-West University (Lokaleng, Ikageng and Sebokeng), representing contexts ranging from rural, semi-urban and more urban like settings and fall within two provinces; North West and Gauteng. The project is funded by the Tirelo Bosha programme of the Department of Public Service and Administration.