Risk factors for disease and functional decline among older people

Research program

Research is needed to understand the everyday life of old-age populations with or without disease or disability. Aging-related outcomes of interest include chronic conditions, physical and cognitive decline and disability, life expectancy with or without disability, and mortality.
Using cohort studies and registries, we investigate how socioeconomic and psychosocial factors (e.g. social relations, major life events, stress, work environment, lifestyle and retirement) affect health, function and longevity of older adults. We also study mechanisms through which these factors affect health.

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Selected references:

Bachkati, K.H., et al., Midlife Cognitive Ability, Education, and Tooth Loss in Older Danes. J Am Geriatr Soc, 2017. 65(1): p. 194-199

Brønnum-Hansen H et al. Persistent social inequality in life expectancy and disability-free life expectancy: Outlook for a differential pension age in Denmark?

Jørgensen TSH, Lund R, Siersma V, Nilsson CJ. Interplay between financial assets and social relations on decline in physical function and mortality among older people. European Journal of Aging, June 2017

Nilsson CJ, Siersma V, Mänty M, Lund R, Vass M, Avlund K. Mobility Decline in Old Age: The Combined Effect of Mobility-Related Fatigue and Socioeconomic Position. JECH 2014, 68(6): 510-515