About us

The Aging Research Center (ARC) was established in 2000 by Karolinska Institutet (KI) and Stockholm University (SU).

ARC is internationally renowned for its research on the health status of older adults, trends and inequality among old people, brain aging, and prevention of dementia.

Our research activities are characterized by:

  • A focus on health in aging, the goal of which is preventing, postponing, or decreasing morbidity and disability in old age.
  • An acknowledgement of the importance of life course processes on health and functioning at old age.
  • A focus on both individual and social group differences in late life health and disability.
  • A multidisciplinary approach that includes medicine, social gerontology, psychology, and epidemiology.
  • Creation of large databases from population-based studies on aging and health.
  • Access to other large databases on aging via national and international collaborations.
  • Integration of epidemiological and social science studies with clinical and molecular work.
  • Contribution to improved treatment and care of elderly people.
  • Special attention to neuroscience with focus on neural correlates of cognitive functions and prevention of brain aging.
  • Implementation of intervention studies to prevent cognitive decline, dementia, and multimorbidity.

ARC’s mission is to understand the biomedical, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process in relation to physical and structural contexts across the entire lifespan. Our ultimate goal is to improve the health and well-being of older individuals by meeting the challenges and embracing the opportunities presented by the aging population.

ARC staff. Photo: Stefan Zimmerman