Databases

Betula Project

The Betula Project

Principal Investigator L Nyberg

LocationUmeå, northern Sweden

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicCognitive aging

StatusFinished

Data

Cognitive tests; socioeconomic, health, aging, and personality traits; medical history, self-reported health, living situations, social and family relationships, prior critical life events, lifestyle variables; biological and brain-imaging data.

Objective

To trace memory changes during adult life and old age; to identify risk factors for cognitive decline and early preclinical signs of dementia.

COSM

The Cohort of Swedish Men Study

Principal Investigator A Wolk

LocationVästmanland and Örebro, central Sweden.

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicCauses of chronic diseases

StatusOngoing

Data

Lifestyle factors, diseases such as; cancer (common and rare types), cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, neurodegenerative diseases, age-related cataract, rheumatoid arthritis, lower urinary tract symptoms, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity.

Objective

To assess a wide range of modifiable lifestyle factors (diet, dietary supplements, physical activity, smoking, alcohol, body weight and other anthropometric measures, etc.) and genetic factors in a large population-based longitudinal cohort of Swedish middle-aged and elderly men.

GENDER

Gender Differences in Health Behaviour and Health among Elderly

Principal Investigator A Dahl Aslan

LocationSweden

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicTwin study on aging

StatusFinished

Data

Health status, health-related behaviors and attitudes, demographics and psychosocial factors such as social support.

Objective

To study the origins of individual differences of unlike-sex twin pairs born between 1906 and 1925.

study References

Gold et al, 2002

H70, H85, H95+

The Gothenburg Population Studies

Principal Investigator Ingmar Skoog

LocationGothenburg, southwestern Sweden

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicAging

StatusOngoing

Data

Social factors, lifestyle factors, medication use, functional ability, psychological and psychiatric data, somatic data, and data from proxy interviews. Blood samples, dietary examinations, ophthalmological examinations, and audiological examinations. Brain imaging and cerebrospinal fluid.

Objective

To explore interactions between genetic, biological, and psychosocial risk factors and the influence of secular changes in the development of dementia (e.g. Alzheimer Disease and vascular dementia) and other mental disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety, psychosis).

H70’s description on the Swedish National Data service website and on Maelstrom

H85’s description on the Swedish National Data service website.

KP

The Kungsholmen Project

Principal Investigator L Fratiglioni, B Winblad

LocationKungsholmen, Stockholm, central Sweden

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicAging and dementia

StatusFinished

Data

Blood pressure, height, weight, blood samples, cognitive status, physical functioning, family medical history, personal clinical history, retrospective cognitive assessment, clinical examination, occupational life history, caregiver burden, and use of home help and home services, comprehensive assessment of memory and other cognitive functions.

Objective

To expand the knowledge concerning aging and dementing disorders, as well as about the social consequences of dementia.

Description on Swedish National Data service and on Maelstrom.

OCTO-Twin

The Origins of Variance in the Old-Old Study

Principal Investigator B Johansson

LocationSweden

Study typeRegistry, longitudinal

TopicTwin study on aging

StatusFinished

Data

Health and functional ability, cognitive functioning, personality, personal control and mental health, interpersonal relationships, and functional ratings.

Objective

To examine whether the relative impact of genetic influences decreases, increases, or remains at the same magnitude for various aspects of bio-behavioral functioning in the old-old.

study References

Johansson et al, 1999

Description on Maelstrom.

SALT

The Screening Across the Lifespan of Twins

Principal Investigator N Pedersen

LocationSweden

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicTwin study on aging

StatusFinished

Data

Common and complex diseases, biosampling.

Objective

To identify sub-samples for in-depth studies in which further phenotyping and genotyping were performed.

study References

Lichtenstein et al, 2002

SATSA

The Swedish Adoption/Twin Study of Aging

Principal Investigator N Pedersen

LocationSweden

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicTwins separated at an early age and reared apart and a matched sample of twins reared together, twin study on aging

StatusOngoing

Data

Information on health status, on how the participants were raised, work environment, alcohol consumption, dietary and smoking habits, social support, life events, personality, and attitudes. In-person testing: blood sampling, a health examination (blood pressure, spirometry, and grip strength), interviews, tests of functional capacity, cognitive abilities, and memory. Blood samples have provided clinical chemistry data, genotyping, methylation data, and telomere lengths.

Objective

To study the origins of individual differences in aging and the environmental and genetic factors that are involved.

study References

Pedersen et al, 1991

SATSA’s description on the Swedish National Data service website and on Maelstrom.

SHARE-Sweden

Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe-Sweden

Principal Investigator G Malmberg

LocationSweden

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicEconomic, social, health

StatusOngoing

Data

Income security, personal wealth, education; living arrangments, partnership, family, social networks, social support; physical and mental health care, disability, morbidity, mortality. Cognitive measures. Retrospective life histories, biomarkers.

Objective

To analyse the process of population ageing considering the interplay between economic, health, and social factors in shaping older people’s living conditions.

Description of Wave 1Wave 2Wave 3Wave 4 and Wave 5 on the Swedish National Data service website and on Maelstrom.

SMC

The Swedish Mammography Cohort study

Principal Investigator A Wolk

LocationCentral Sweden

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicLifestyle, genetic factors, morbidity and mortality in middle-aged and elderly women

StatusOngoing

Data

Modifiable lifestyle factors such as diet, physical activity, smoking, and weight and use of dietary supplements, some prescribed drugs, and alcohol.

Objective

To study the association among lifestyle, genetic factors, morbidity, and mortality in middle-aged and elderly persons.

Description on the Swedish National Data service website and on Maelstrom.

SNAC-B

The Swedish National study on Aging and Care – Blekinge

Principal Investigator J Sanmartin Berglund

LocationBlekinge, southern Sweden

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicAging and health

StatusOngoing

Data

Biomarkers, lifestyle, and medical history over the life course; physical status and mental health status.

Objective

To study quality of life, health complaints, cognitive impairment, oral health, and pain among older people.

study References

Lagergren et al, 2004

SNAC and SNAC-B description on the Swedish National Data service website.

SNAC-K

The Swedish National study on Aging and Care – Kungsholmen

Principal Investigator L Fratiglioni

LocationKungsholmen, central Sweden

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicAging and health

StatusOngoing

Data

Biomarkers, brain-imaging data, lifestyle, and medical history over the life course, physical status and mental health status.

Objective

To study quality of life, health complaints, cognitive impairment, oral health, and pain among older people.

study References

Lagergren et al, 2004

SNAC and SNAC-K description on the Swedish National Data service website and SNAC-K description on Maelstrom.

SNAC-N

The Swedish National study on Aging and Care – Nordanstig

Principal Investigator A Wimo

LocationNordanstig, rural area in northern Sweden

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicAging and health

StatusOngoing

Data

Biomarkers, lifestyle, and medical history over the life course, physical status and mental health status.

Objective

To study quality of life, health complaints, cognitive impairment, oral health, and pain among older people.

study References

Lagergren et al, 2004

SNAC and SNAC-N description on the Swedish National Data service website.

SNAC-S

The Swedish National study on Aging and Care – Skåne

Principal Investigator S Elmståhl

LocationSkåne, southern Sweden

Study typeLongitudinal

TopicAging and health

StatusOngoing

Data

Biomarkers, lifestyle, and medical history over the life course, physical status and mental health status.

Objective

To study quality of life, health complaints, cognitive impairment, oral health, and pain among older people.

study References

Lagergren et al, 2004

SNAC and SNAC-S description on the Swedish National Data service website.

SWEOLD

The Swedish Panel Study of Living Conditions of the Oldest Old

Principal Investigator C Lennartsson, J Fritzell

LocationSweden

Study typeSurvey

TopicEarly- and mid-life factors on late-life health

StatusOngoing

Data

Family and social relations, material living conditions (income and wealth), health, education, working conditions, political life, leisure-time activities, housing conditions, objective tests to measure physical and cognitive function.

Objective

To describe and analyze the living conditions of elderly people in Sweden.