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AgeCap - Centre for Ageing and Health

The overall aim of AgeCap is to perform coordinated studies of capability in ageing. Capability refers to the individual’s ability to perform actions in order to reach goals he or she has reason to value.

The number of people above 65 will triple during the next decades. More and more healthy elderly people are a global success, but also a big societal challenge since it means that more retired people need to be supported and that the number of people with dementia will increase.

Capability important concept

At AgeCap the word “capability” is an important concept. Capability concerns people’s ability to reach goals and to do thing that are considered valuable. In the process of ageing these abilities are affected by health, genetics, personality, intellectual ability, family, friends, housing, work place, political decisions, age discrimination, prejudices etc. An important focus for the centre’s activities is to contribute via research so that elderly people’s well-being, functionality and participation can be maintained as long and as to a large extent as possible.

The research on capability will be based on seven projects:

  • Trends over time and capability
  • Work/retirement and capability
  • Participation/visibility/autonomy/self determination and capability
  • Cognition
  • Health and capability
  • Frailty and capability
  • Accumulation of beneficial and non-beneficial living conditions and capability

Researchers from 15 departments

AgeCap hosts researchers from five faculties and 15 departments within research fields such as molecular biology, genetics, neurochemistry, care science, psychology, sociology, work science, social work, health economy, business administration, communication, political science, law, history, Swedish, geriatrics, psychiatry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, eyes, hearing, neurology, occupational medicine, sport science, nutrition and design.

During the coming years the centre will extend its activities with more research fields, but also with a more global perspective.

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