Serhiy Dekhtyar receives a grant of 4.585.000 SEK from FORTE the project “Mental health in old age: the role of social disadvantages throughout the life course and across birth cohorts” for a three year period (2019-2021).
This project seeks to reveal life-course pathways to depression in older adults. Specifically, the research team will examine the role of lifelong social inequalities for old age depression and investigate whether the burden of multiple somatic conditions mediates the impact of social inequalities on depression in late life. These questions will be answered using data from the Swedish National Study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K), a population-based cohort containing rich information on social conditions, physical, and mental health. The results of this project will inform public health policies aimed at alleviating the impact of social disadvantage on mental health in old age, allowing the interventions to be implemented in individuals with the highest risk and at a time in life when it matters the most.