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May 24, 2021

Dissertation, 24 May 2021: Harpa Sif Eyjólfsdóttir

On 24th of May 2021, Harpa Sif Eyjólfsdóttir at Karolinska Institutet, defended her doctoral thesis entitled: “Unequal tracks? Studies in work, retirement and health”

The overall aim of this thesis was to study how retirement is influenced by health status, socioeconomic position, and gender in Sweden; and in turn how
the timing of exit from the labour market is associated with health and functioning in late life. The four studies in this thesis were based on nationally representative longitudinal data from the Swedish Panel Study of Living Conditions of the Oldest Old (SWEOLD), Swedish Level-of-Living Survey (LNU), the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health (SLOSH), Swedish Cause of Death Register, and income register data from Statistics Sweden: the Income and Taxation Register (IoT) and the Longitudinal Integration Database for Health Insurance and Labour Market Studies (LISA).

Overall, good physical functioning is not as important for continuing on the labour market today as it used to be a few decades ago, and working up to age 66 or longer had no negative effects on mortality or physical health in later life, for any socioeconomic group. Moreover, a large majority of people
maintained their pre-retirement self-rated health and physical working capacity during the transition to retirement, and for some years after retirement. However, a small group, characterised by poor working environment and low socioeconomic status, experienced a health decline after retirement. 

Photo of Harpa Sif Eyjólfsdóttir by Maria Yohuang

Read more: Harpa Sif Eyjolfsdóttir, Thesis 2021

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September 22, 2021

NEAR has been approved the research infrastructure grant 2021 by the Swedish Research Council (VR)!

We are happy to announce that the National E-infrastructure for Aging Research (NEAR) received the research infrastructure grant 2021 by the Swedish Research Council (VR) for the project period from year 2023 to 2028. The purpose of the VR grant is to support already existing research infrastructures of national importance. Three years ago, the Swedish […]

September 22, 2021

Deadline: 5 October 2021 – NEAR is looking for a Database Coordinator

NEAR is looking for a Database Coordinator who primarily will lead the work on metadata documentation. The primary task is to document collected data and verify that already documented data follows the correct format. The Database Coordinator will also lead the documentation performed by the other database managers and act as a project manager and […]

June 11, 2021

Dissertation, 11 June 2021: Jenna Najar

On 11th of June 2021, Jenna Najar at University of Gothenburg, defended her doctoral thesis entitled: “Risk factors for dementia – Lifestyle, hormones, neurochemistry, and genetics”. The aim of this thesis was to expand the understanding about the effects of lifestyle factors, indicators of endogenous estrogens, and genetic factors on the risk of dementia and […]