Jenni Kulmala

University of Jyväskylä, Gerontology Research Centre, Department of Health Sciences.

Jyväskylä, Finland

Jenni Kulmala


Are psychosocial symptoms and self-rated health early and shared risk factors for physical disability and cognitive decline in old age? (PSCog)


By 2025 about one-third of Europe's population will be ageing 60 years and over and there will be a particular rapid increase in the number of people aged 80 years and older. The countries of Europe must develop strategies to meet this challenge. Therefore, knowledge about factors leading to old age disability and need for health and social services in old age is crucial. The main objective of this multidisciplinary study is to investigate, whether self-rated health, psychosocial symptoms or negative reactions to work in mid- and late life predict cognitive decline, dementia and physical disability in old age.  This study will especially focus on shared risk factors for cognitive and physical decline. The study provides new knowledge about the role of mid-and late life factors and lifestyle in the multifunctional process of disablement process and cognitive decline in older people.

The study will be conducted in the Gerontology Research Centre (GRC), University of Jyväskylä, Finland and in the Aging Research Centre (ARC), Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. The applicant collaborates also with University of Eastern Finland, School of Pharmacy. Unique datasets with follow-ups extended to over 30 years will be used in conducting the study. The post doc research consists of 7-8 original articles, which will be published in high impact journals. Additionally, results will be presented in international scientific congresses during 2011-2014.

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