Longevity, morbidity, and functioning

Despite its intrinsic positive nature, the aging of the population poses challenging questions, such as how we can achieve not only longer but also healthier lives. Our goal is to increase knowledge regarding the complex picture of health in older adults, to describe their health status, and to monitor health trajectories during aging. We take many dimensions of health into account, including medical conditions, perceived health, physical functioning, mobility, and well-being.

We believe older people’s health is the result of complex interactions between genetic, social, environmental, and biological factors. The challenge now is to understand the interplay among these multiple factors and health over the whole life span. ARC uses information from our own and other large databases to identify possible preventive strategies for improving health in old age.