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Grants for COVID-19 research on older persons

2020-12-14

The NEAR Steering Board member and PI of SWEOLD, Carin Lennartsson has been granted funding of  2 500 000 SEK from FORMAS to collect data and research materials linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is entitled “The Swedish Panel Study of Living Conditions of the Oldest Old – SWEOLD COVID-19”.

The project provides a unique opportunity to study changes in several aspects of living conditions, such as physical and mental health, health-related behaviours and social relations. The Swedish Panel Study of Living Conditions of the Oldest Old – SWEOLD will be used to carry out a telephone-based interview study related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Questions directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be asked, as well as questions regularly included in the study. An analysis of how older adults have perceived and adhered to the flow of information and specific recommendations will also be conducted.

 

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NEAR dissertation: Johan Skoog

2020-12-15

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 […]

Steering Board meeting 30 November

2020-12-01

The NEAR Steering Board held an E-meeting on 30 November, lead by its new chair, Kristina Johnell. At the meeting the upcoming application to Vetenskapsrådet (The Swedish Research Council) for a prolongation of the funding was discussed, as well as post doc positions to enhance the ongoing harmonization of data.  

Anders Wimo interviewed on access to doctors in elderly care

2020-11-30

Anders Wimo, professor and principal investigator of the NEAR project SNAC- Nordanstig was interviewed on the national television programme “Agenda”. He criticised the low degree of medical exams performed on elderly during the Covid-19 pandemic and called for an increase in staffing of nurses and doctors in Sweden. Watch the interview (in Swedish)