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Ageing, Health and Welfare

This research group addresses the challenges and implications for health and quality of life for older people living in their own homes, people at senior centres, in hospitals and nursing or care homes.

PhD projects
Student researchers

Ageing, Health and Welfare (AHW) focuses on the biological, psychological and social conditions of ageing. This includes research into disability, physical functioning, nutritional status, quality of life, user involvement, health literacy, ethnicity, ethics, service delivery and welfare technology. AHW’s prioritized research areas are

This research group belongs to the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Head of research group

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  • Members

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    • More about the research group

      Ageing, Health and Welfare (AHW) is an interdisciplinary team consisting of researchers from physiotherapy, medicine, nursing, social educators, education, occupational therapy, clinical nutrition, physiology, behavioural biology, sociology and political science. A key framework for the group’s research is the need for the translation of research into policy-making decisions and practice in order to facilitate active and healthy ageing.

      We emphasize cooperation between the field of practise, users, politicians and education at bachelor, master and doctoral level. The research group has extensive research and development cooperation with national and local health authorities and institutions. Our researchers also act as advisors to health authorities.

    • Projects

      • A cross-sectoral approach to high quality health care transitions for older people (Crosscare-old). 
      • Community-living older adults living with chronic musculoskeletal pain: The effect of an evidence-based intervention on pain, function, health and behaviour.

      Completed projects:

      • Life After Stroke (LAST) study
      • Life early after stroke (LEAST) study
      • Physical activity after stroke, capacity, activity and life satisfaction (PASCAL)
      • Sunnås international stroke study (SINs stroke study)
      • General motor function scale (GMF)
      • Neurological fatigue index for stroke (NFI-stroke)
      • Rehabilitation for Conflict Challenges
      • Senior Fitness test
      • Sense of coherence in patients with dementia
      • Effects of an exercise program for nursing home patients with dementia 
      • Nutritional status, health-related quality of life and physical function among older people admitted to the geriatric department
      • Physical fitness in people with cognitive impairment: Relations and changes
      • Evidence-based health care, professional judgment or user involvement: Dilemmas in hospital rehabilitation of geriatric patients
      • Active and Stable – though Apparently Fragile
      • Study of the Life Course, Ageing and Generation
      • The reliability of the Short Physical Performance Battery among nursing home residents and day center users
      • Prevention of falls in Oslo: Knowledge translation
      • Movement Guidance to offer for people who live in nursing homes
      • In 100 – a strength training project
      • Quality of life, pain, coping, physical, psychological and social function in people who have received Norwegian psychomotor physiotherapy
      • More pounding women's hearts
      • Assisted Living
    • PhD projects

      • Way Kiat Bong: Promoting elderly social activities using tangible cup.
      • Ellisiv Lærum Jacobsen: Nutritional status, health-related quality of life and physical function in hospitalized elderly patients.
      • Linda Aimee Hartford Kvæl: User participation in institution based rehabilitation – the meaning of different understandings and experiences, organization and framework for the geriatric patient involvement in their own healthcare?
      • Annette Vogt Hauger: Primary health care: Steady on your feet after experiencing hip fracture.
      • Sanjana Arora: Barriers to equitable healthcare services for older migrants.
      • Pernille Lunde: Long-term follow-up of cardiac patients with smartphone - a randomized clinical trial.
      • Maria Bjerk: Falls prevention for community-dwelling elderly.
      • Sylvia Sunde: Older acute geriatric patients recently discharged from hospital (OLDPADIS).
      • Brita Stanghelle: The effect of exercise on physical function in older women with osteoporosis and a history of vertebral fracture. A randomized controlled trial.
      • Torhild Holthe: Responsible innovations for dignified lives at home for persons with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. This project is a part of The Assisted Living Project.
      • Rongrong Wang: Quality of Life in Persons with Stroke after Specialized Rehabilitation in China, In depth Interviews of Persons Participating in the SIN Stroke Study.
      • Ingvild Lilleheie: User perspectives on quality in transitional health care for geriatric patients (UP- GEPA): Focus on interprofessional collaboration. This project is part of CROSSCARE-OLD.
      • Christine Hillestad Hestevik: Nutrition Care for elderly patients after critical diseases a qualitative study of the experiences of patients, families and health professionals. This project is part of CROSSCARE-OLD.
      • Irene Vestøl Stødle: Broken hips – broken lives.
      • Cecilie Fromholt Olsen: Health workers' experience with learning networks as a method of developing and implementing more user-friendly patient care for elderly and chronically ill patients. This project is part of CROSSCARE-OLD.
      • Agnete Nygaard: Needs-identified dementia health care service in nursing homes