Activities

March 9, 2021

Covid-19 data collected within NEAR

The local databases in NEAR: H-70, SNAC-K, SNAC-N, SNAC-B, SHARE-Sweden, and SWEOLD are collecting data on Covid-19.

The Gothenburg H70 Birth Cohort Studies started collecting Covid-19 data via surveys between December 2020 and January 2021, where 1103 participated who were 75-76 years old and born 1944 were included. This was financially supported by FORMAS. The survey includes questions about attitude towards Covid-19 vaccination, lifestyle habits, feelings of worry, contact with healthcare, and Covid-19-related symptoms. During March 2021, the Gothenburg H70 Birth Cohort Studies will collect data on antibodies for Covid-19 using the same sample. This is a collaboration between
Folkhälsomyndigheten, Försvarsmakten, Mikrobiologen Sahlgrenska och Smittskydd Västra Götalandsregionen.

The Swedish National study on Aging and Care (SNAC)- Kungsholmen, Blekinge and Nordanstig
In SNAC-K, 1231 participants, who were 69 years and older, underwent a telephone interview between May and September 2020.
In SNAC-B, 583 participants, who were 60-100 years old, underwent a telephone interview between August 2020 and February 2021.
In SNAC-N, 158 participants, who were 72 years and older, underwent a telephone interview between May and December 2020.
Information about health status, covid-19 related symptoms, mental health and cognition, physical activity, psychosocial consequences and formal and informal care during the pandemic were collected. Additional interviews are planned to be carried out in 2021-2022.

SHARE-Sweden: A specific Corona questionnaire has been carried out in 27 European countries via telephone from June until August 2020. For SHARE-Sweden, 1365 persons aged 50 years and older participated. To study the long-term impact of Covid-19, the SHARE Corona questionnaire will also be conducted in 2021.

The Swedish Panel Study of Living Conditions of the Oldest Old (SWEOLD) will collect Covid-19 data during the spring and summer of 2021 via telephone. Approximately 2500 persons aged 76 and older will be invited to participate. This study is financed by the Swedish Research Council (VR) and FORMAS/FORTE.

 


Pia Lundgren (nurse) during a covid interview for SNAC-K.
Photo: Mai Engström, Äldrecentrum.

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Lunch Webinar Series: The Ageing Brain, April 12

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March 23, 2021

Want to be a Postdoc in NEAR?

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December 15, 2020

NEAR dissertation: Johan Skoog

The NEAR researcher Johan Skoog, University of Gothenburg, defended his thesis with the title: “Sleep and cognition in old age: Birth cohort differences, dementia, and biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease”. The main findings from the thesis imply that 70-year old’s of today have better sleep quality, in terms of insomnia, than 70-year old’s 30 years ago […]