Gerontology Research Center, GEREC
Aging Research in Finland
GEREC is a collaborative effort in aging research jointly run by the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Tampere, read more about us.
German Vontobel prize for ageing research
Visiting scientist MD, PhD Timo Hinrichs has won the Vontobel prize for ageing research awarded by the University of Zürich for his research paper "Inverse effects of midlife occupational and leisure time physical activity on mobility limitation in old age – a 28-year prospective follow-up study” which was written in collaboration with researchers from GEREC.
Research news: Older women abandon many of their personal goals
Older people have many kinds of goals in their lives, most commonly related to health, independent living, close relationships, and different activities. However, based on a study conducted at the Gerontology Research Center of the University of Jyväskylä, older women abandon many of their goals with increasing age.
Research news: Nonmanual workers and high educated live longer even at the age of 90 years
Nonmanual workers and high educated live longer than manual workers and lower educated even at the age of 90 years or over. A doctoral student Linda Enroth at the Gerontology Research Center and School of Health Sciences in the University of Tampere reported the finding.
Research news: Poor hearing confines older adults to their homes
Vision and hearing problems reduce the active participation of older people in various events and activities. This was observed in two studies carried out by the Gerontology Research Center.
Postdoctoral research funding from Academy of Finland for Leena Forma
PhD Leena Forma is studying the effects of age and closeness of death on use and costs of hospital and long-term care.
Gerontology Research Center joins a new COST-action
GEREC has joined an EU-funded COST-action network
Research news: Inverse Effects of Midlife Occupational and Leisure Time Physical Activity on Mobility Limitation in Old Age
Strenuous occupational physical activity in midlife increases the risk of mobility limitation in old age, whereas leisure-time physical activity decreases the risk. This is found in a study which followed up 5,200 public sector employees for 28 years. The study was conducted at the Gerontology Research Center in Finland and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
Research news: Physical function as wells as sense of autonomy determine life-space mobility in older people
Physical function and sense of autonomy are independent determinants of life-space mobility in older people. This was found in a study conducted at the Gerontology Research Center of the University of Jyväskylä. In this project, 848 older men and women that lived independently in the Jyväskylä region in Central Finland were interviewed at their own home.