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 (Do later-born birth cohorts of septuagenarians sleep better? Oxford Academic ). Different types of sleep problems may play varying roles during the life course concerning dementia risk; insomnia could potentially be more important in midlife while waking up too early (terminal insomnia) or long sleep duration (>9 hours) may be more critical later in life (Sleep disturbances and dementia risk: A multicenter study – ScienceDirect). This study included the NEAR databases: H70 and Kungsholmen Project, as well as the Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) study, which includes participants from Finland. Finally, sleep may play an important role in the early processes of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) by potentially decreasing clearance or increasing production of amyloid β that is a biological marker for AD.
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 […]
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, 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)