Swedish Panel Study of Living Conditions of the Oldest Old (SWEOLD)

Carin Lennartsson, PI (www.sweold.se)

The Swedish Panel Study of Living Conditions of the Oldest Old (SWEOLD) collects high-quality data on older adults’ living conditions and health. The SWEOLD interview surveys are based on random samples of the population over the age of 75. The low non-response rates, the inclusion of institutionalised persons and the use of indirect (proxy) informants for people unable to be interviewed directly ensure a representative portrayal of this age group in Sweden. SWEOLD was first carried out in 1992 and has been repeated in 2002, 2004 and 2011. A fifth survey will take place in late 2014. SWEOLD covers areas including health and health behaviour, family, leisure activities, use of health and social care services. Socio-economic factors include education, previous occupation and available cash margin. Health indicators include symptoms, diseases, mobility and activity of daily living (IADL and ADL). In addition to self-reported data, the interview includes objective tests of lung function, physical function, grip-strength and cognition.

For more information about the SWEOLD study please see www.sweold.se and/or Lennartsson, C., Agahi, N., Hols-Salén, L., Kelfve, S., Kåreholt, I., Lundberg, O., Parker, MG., and Thorslund, M (2014). DATA RESOURCE PROFILE: The Swedish Panel Study of Living Conditions of the Oldest Old (SWEOLD). International Journal of Epidemiology, available online March 20, 2014 from doi:10.1093/ije/dyu057

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