I am interested in developments in social functioning of older adults, their relationships with others and how that changes with aging, and how that relates to cognitive and mental functioning and physical health. My research focus is on the statistical modelling of longitudinal processes and the developmental origins of social and cognitive functioning in later life. I have a background in Sociology, and did my PhD at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Fields of study
A Life Course Perspective on the Gendered Pathways of Exclusion from Social Relations in Later Life, and its Consequences for Health and Wellbeing (GENPATH)
GENPATH is an international European research project focussing on social exclusion in later life.
ACCESS Life Course Database: Upgrade and Expansion
Through the ACCESS Upgrade infrastructure, researchers and students will gain access to updated and upgraded longitudinal life course data for more than 6,000 men and women aged 49 years and older.
Social Inequalities in Ageing (SiA)
In this project researchers investigate what influences social inequalities in health, and how different organization of welfare institutions can affect social inequalities in ageing.
The Norwegian Life Course, Ageing and Generation Study (NorLAG)
A multidisciplinary and longitudinal study that includes data on well-being, health, work, care, and family relations in the second half of life (age 40+).
Sieber, Stefan; Cheval, Boris; Orsholits, Dan; Van der Linden, Bernadette; Guessous, Idris; Gabriel, Rainer; Kliegel, Matthias; von Arx, Martina; Kelly-Irving, Michelle; Aartsen, Marja; Boisgontier, Matthieu; Courvoisier, Delphine S.; Burton-Jeangros, Claudine; Cullati, Stéphane (2020). Do welfare regimes moderate cumulative dis/advantages over the life course? Cross-National evidence from longitudinal SHARE Data. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences .
Thomese, Fleur; Aartsen, Marja (2020). Sociale verouderingstheorieên [Social theories on ageing]. Inleiding in de gerontologie en geriatrie [Introduction into Gerontology and Geriatrics]. 4. p. 23-26.
Kliegel, Matthias; Iwarsson, Susanne; Wahrendorf, Morten; Minicuci, Nadia; Aartsen, Marja (2020). The European Journal of Ageing at the beginning of the Decade of Healthy Ageing. European Journal of Ageing .
Van der Linden, Bernadette; Sieber, Stefan; Cheval, Boris; Orsholits, Dan; Guessous, Idris; Gabriel, Rainer; von Arx, Martina; Kelly-Irving, Michelle; Aartsen, Marja; Blane, David; Boisgontier, Matthieu; Oris, Michel; Kliegel, Matthias; Cullati, Stéphane (2019). Life-Course Circumstances and Frailty in Old Age Within Different European Welfare Regimes: A Longitudinal Study With SHARE. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences .
Bouwman, Tamara; van Tilburg, Theo; Aartsen, Marja (2019). Attrition in an Online Loneliness Intervention for Adults Aged 50 Years and Older: Survival Analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research . Vol. 2.
Suanet, Bianca; Aartsen, Marja; Hoogendijk, Emiel; Huisman, Martijn (2019). The Social Support - Health Link Unraveled: Pathways Linking Social Support to Functional Capacity in Later Life. Journal of Aging and Health .
Enroth, Linda; Veenstra, Marijke; Aartsen, Marja; Kjær, Agnete Aslaug; Nilsson, Charlotte Juul; Fors, Stefan
Are there educational disparities in health and functioning among the oldest old? Evidence from the Nordic countries.
European Journal of Ageing
Aartsen, Marja (2018). Exclusion from social relations in later life, ROSEnet Briefing Paper Series edited by Thomas Scharf and Kieran Walsh. 20 p.
Burholt, Vanessa; Winter, B; Aartsen, Marja; Constantinou, Costas M.; Dahlberg, L; de Jong Gierveld, Jenny; van Regenmortel, S; Waldegrave, Charles
An Evidence Review of Exclusion from Social Relations: From Genes to the Environment.
Aartsen, Marja; Thomese, Fleur (2015). Variaties in zorggebruik bij verschillende typen Amsterdamse ouderen: een langetermijnanalyse [Variations in care use among older People in Amsterdam: A longitudinal analyses]. 15 p.
EU’s struggle to combat social exclusion, and the particular case of exclusion from social relations in later life.
Online Workshop Aging in a networked society: Older people, social network and well-being.. University of Milan-Bicocca.
Aartsen, Marja; Burholt, Vanessa (2020). Exclusion from Social rrelations. Inclusive Ageing: Reducing social exclusion amongst older people - The way ahead. COST Action Reducing Old-Age Exclusion in Europe.
Aartsen, Marja (2020). Riskfactors for social exclusion of older people; the western perpsective. Frokostmøte OsloMet. NOVA.
Aartsen, Marja (2020). A critical review and development of a conceptual model of exclusion from social relations for older people: lessons learned for ROSENET and beyond. 6th International REIACTIS conference. REIACTIS.
Aartsen, Marja (2019). UIG Seminar: Social relations, social background and health, a life course perspective. Seminar University of Galway. University of Galway.
Aartsen, Marja (2019). Early childhood and later-life social network influences on trajectories of cognitive decline and health. SIA Junior Workshop. Ageing Research Center (ARC), Karolinska Institutet.
Aartsen, Marja (2019). Submitting a paper, getting it published and the review process: Experiences from an author, a reviewer and editor. SIA Junior Workshop. Ageing Research Center (ARC), Karolinska Institutet.