First article based on the most recent SWEOLD data collection published
The first article based on the most recent SWEOLD data collection entitled “Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Swedish adults aged 77 years and older: Age differences in lifestyle changes”, has recently been published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.
The Swedish Panel Study of Living Conditions of the Oldest Old – SWEOLD is an ongoing, nationally representative survey of the older population in Sweden. The first data collection was conducted in 1992. Older adults are asked questions about their actual living conditions in a number of areas relevant to older people, these include health, health and social care, financial resources, housing, occupation, and everyday activities. The survey also includes a few basic tests on physical and cognitive performance.
Results from the SWEOLD survey are important for creating an understanding of older people’s living conditions based on up-to-date facts. The repeated design allows for analyses of how these living conditions change over time. Participants’ responses to the interviews are used in research and in statistical reports, which in turn form a foundation for the discussion with politicians and decision makers concerning older people’s living conditions.
In the article Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Swedish adults aged 77 years and older: Age differences in lifestyle changes, results highlight the considerable heterogeneity within the Swedish population aged 77 and older in relation to lifestyle changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The “younger old” (77–84 years) experienced more significant changes than the “older old” (85 and older), especially in social interactions with family.
Findings also indicate significant age differences in internet use, which require attention to prevent digital exclusion of an already vulnerable group.”
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Swedish adults aged 77 years and older: Age differences in lifestyle changes.
Augustsson E, Von Saenger I, Agahi N, Kåreholt I, Ericsson M
Scand J Public Health 2023 May;():14034948231172249