Marti Parker


Professor, Social Gerontology
+46 8 690 6869

marti.parker@ki.se
KI Profile page: http://ki.se/en/people/marpar

Photo - Stefan Zimmerman
Photo – Stefan Zimmerman

Marti Parker has a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and is a licensed physical therapist. Her doctoral dissertation was written at the Department of Social Medicine at Uppsala University. She did a post-doc at the Department of Social Work at Stockholm University before coming to ARC. Her work concerns physical function of the elderly population, with an emphasis on the oldest old (80+).

Parker studies function within the social and physical context, taking into consideration socioeconomic position (SEP), social network and the environment. Her analysis of SEP and physical function was groundbreaking in 1995, demonstrating that the effects of SEP on function reach far into old age for both men and women.

A major interest is examining different ways to measure health and physical function, from the traditional self- or proxy-reported ADL measures, to objective tests of functioning. Function measures are often used as health indicators in population research and the differences between them are crucial for understanding health phenomena such as gender differentials or trends over time. In a Forum article in ”The Gerontologist”, Parker and Thorslund reviewed the international literature on health trends and debated the pros and cons of different health indicators. Much of the discrepancy between trend studies can be explained by the use of different indicators, as well as differences in sampling and the time period covered.

Parker has received funding from the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS) to study gender differences in utilization of medical care and social services and complex health problems among very old people. A recent project financed by the French company AXA studies the health and living conditions of Swedish centenarians, together with similar studies in Denmark, Japan, Switzerland and France.

Marti is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and a member of the REVES network (International Network on Health Expectancy).

Selected recent publications

Andel R, Crowe M, Kåreholt I, Wastesson J, Parker MG. Indicators of job strain at midlife and cognitive functioning in advanced old age. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2011;66B(3):287-91. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbq105

Johansson L, Long H, Parker MG. Informal caregiving for elders in Sweden: an analysis of current policy developments. J Aging Soc Policy. 2011;23(4):335-53. doi:10.1080/08959420.2011.605630

Kåreholt I, Lennartsson C, Gatz M, Parker MG. Baseline leisure activity and cognition more than two decades later. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2011;26(1):65-74. doi:10.1002/gps.2490

Lexomboon D, Trulsson M, Wårdh I, Parker MG. Chewing ability and tooth loss: Association with cognitive impairment in an elderly population study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012,60(19)1951-1956. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2012.04154.x

Meinow B, Parker MG, Thorslund M. Consumers of eldercare in Sweden: the semblance of choice. Soc Sci Med. 2011;73(9):1285-1289. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.08.015

Wastesson JW, Parker M, Fastbom J, Thorslund M, Johnell K. Drug use in centenarians compared to nonagenarians and octogenarians in Sweden: a nationwide register-based study. Age Ageing. 2012;41:218-24. doi:10.1093/ageing/afr144

Wastesson JW, Ringbäck Weitoft G, Parker MG, Johnell K. Educational level and use of osteoporosis drugs in elderly men and women: a Swedish nationwide register-based study. Osteoporosis Int. Forthcoming 2012 February 21. Available from: doi:10.1007/s00198-012-1945-6.

Book Chapters

Parker M. Socioekonomisk status och hälsa hos äldre. In: Andersson L, editors. Socialgerontologi. Lund: Studentlitteratur. Forthcoming 2012.

Parker MG, Agahi N. Cohort change in living conditions and lifestyle among middle aged Swedes: the effects on mortality and late-life disability. In Phellas C, ed. Aging in European Societies. New York: Springer; 2012. Pp 237-253.

Parker MG. Aging in a gendered society: social and biological determinants of health in the elderly population. In Schenk-Gustafsson K, DeCola PR, Pfaff DW, Pisetsky DS, editors. Handbook of Clinical Gender Medicine.  Basel: Karger; 2012. pp.482-488.

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