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AgeCap has unique access to large data sets that allow the research outlined in these pages. A large amount of data is longitudinal, collected over a long period of time, and there is already data from midlife to older ages. We also have data from large samples of very old individuals. Our data sets are wide enough to study all areas of research and deep enough to provide comprehensive information related to each area. A summary of our studies includes:

Gothenburg population studies

These longitudinal studies in which representative populations of elderly people in Gothenburg have been followed up for over 40 years. The studies cover the middle age (Study of Women, KVUS), young elderly (H70), older (H85) and the very old (95-plus).

• KVUS started in 1968 when 1462 women aged 38-60 were recruited. The most recent follow-up was after 41 years. The next follow-up will start in 2015.

• The H70 study has, since 1971, studied birth cohorts of 70-year-olds born in 1901-02 (followed over 30 years), 1906-07, 1911-12, 1922 and 1930 (followed over 9 years). A new cohort of 70-year-olds born in 1944 started in 2014 at Wallinsgatan in Mölndal.

• H85 started in 1986 where 494 85-year-olds born in 1901-02 were enrolled. These were then followed for 20 years. A new study of 85-year-olds born in 1923-24, started in 2009 with follow-ups at 88 and 90 years of age. A subsequent study of 85-year-olds born in 1930 is planned for 2015.

• 95-plus started in 1996 and by 2012 a total of 950 individuals have been recruited. This study is to our knowledge the largest epidemiological study in the world of people over 95 years. 

Panel survey of ageing and the old (PSAE)

As the population ages we face a demographic challenge with far-reaching social and economic consequences. How to relate to this challenge is partly due to:

a) the extent to which the health status among the elderly improve, worsen or remain constant;

b) the extent to which older people will remain in employment; c) older people's social networks and the type of support these networks will contribute as well,

d) the extent to which older people will be productive even after they have left the labor market.

OCTO-twin (origins of variance in the oldest old)

Twin Study "OCTO-twin" (Origins of Variance in the oldest old) was planned in the late 80s and became the first large population-based longitudinal study of twins in the oldest elderly when data collection began in 1991.

Intervention studies for older people

Datasets from a number of multi-professional and multidimensional intervention studies will be used in AgeCap. The study "Elderly people at risk" included home living older adults at risk of becoming frail.

Page Manager: Ingmar Skoog & Hanna Falk|Last update: 6/1/2017

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