Paths to Healthy and Active Ageing

In focus of the project are the social, economic, physical and cognitive preconditions for a longer working life and a healthy ageing.

Prolonging one’s working life and promoting active and healthy ageing have been suggested as one solution to the demands of a growing elderly population. However, one must consider the risk of larger disparities in socioeconomic and health in later life. Therefore, our broad research questions are as follows:

• To what extent can a healthy and active life style promote physical and cognitive health in the later stage of life?

• Do we see patterns of increasing disparities in health, life style patterns and socio-economic conditions?

• What is the impact of work environment occupational complexity and employment history on the timing of retirement?

Project Period
01/01/2014 - 12/31/2019

Subject areas
Ethnology, Cognitive science, Sociology, Demography, Human geography, Statistics, Public health science.

Head of research
Professor Gunnar Malmberg, Deputy Director at CEDAR

Read the Project Description.

Participants of the project

List of publications:

Lundgren, AS & Liliequist, E & Sjöstedt Landén, A (2018). Between activity and solidarity: Comprehending retirement and extended working lives in Swedish rural areas. Journal of Aging Studies 44, 1-8.

Lindberg, J & Carlsson, E (2018). Digitala vårdlandskap: Kritiska reflektioner om e-hälsa i glesbygd. Socialmedicinsk tidskrift 1, 62-69.

Olofsson, J., Padyab, M. & Malmberg, G. (2018). Health disparities in Europe’s ageing population: the role of social network. Global Health Action, 11(1), 1445498.

Sjöstedt Landén, A (2017). Att välja sin tid: Den totala sociala organiseringen av arbete och heltidsnorm i vård och omsorg. Kulturella Perspektiv 3-4, 46-53.

Genbäck, M., Ng, N., Stanghellini, E. et al. (2017). Predictors of decline in self-reported health: addressing non-ignorable dropout in longitudinal studies of aging. European Journal of Ageing, 1-10.

Nilsson, I. & Lundgren, A. (2017). Meaning-making around experiences in interventions: Identifying meaningfulness in a group based occupational therapy intervention targeting older people.  Ageing and Society, 1-25.

Josefsson, M., Larsson, M., Nordin, S., Adolfsson, R., & Olofsson, J. (2017). APOE-ɛ4 effects on longitudinal decline in olfactory and non-olfactory cognitive abilities in middle-aged and old adults. Scientific Reports, 7:1286. Published.

Flodin, P., Jonasson, L.S., Riklund, K., Nyberg, L. and Boraxbekk, C.J. (2017). Does Aerobic Exercise Influence Intrinsic Brain Activity? An Aerobic Exercise Intervention among Healthy Old Adults. Front. Aging Neurosci, 9:267.

Josefsson, M., de Luna, X., Daniels, M. J. and Nyberg, L. (2016). Causal inference with longitudinal outcomes and non-ignorable dropout: estimating the effect of living alone on cognitive decline. Journal of the Royal Statistic Society, Series C: Applied Statistics, Vol. 65, (1):131–144.

Santosa, A., Schröders, J., Vaezghasemi, M., Ng, N. (2016). Inequality in disability-free life expectancies among older men and women in six countries with developing economies. J Epidemiol Community Health. 70(9): 855-861.

West, Karen & Lundgren, Anna Sofia (2015). Välfärdsfantasier. Personalisering av offentlig service i Storbritannien. Kulturella Perspektiv nr 2.

Ng, N., Sandberg, M., and Ahlström, G. (2015). Prevalence of older people with intellectual disability in Sweden: a spatial epidemiological analysis. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 59: 1155–1167.

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