Ingemar Kåreholt

Title: Principal researcher

Sector: Social Gerontology

Research group: Johan Fritzell


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Portrait of Ingemar Kåreholt, in a bow tie, in a restaurant.

Ingemar “Pingo” Kåreholt, PhD, is a Professor at Jönköping University, senior fellow and researcher at ARC. Kåreholt’s research interests are broad and cover nearly all aspects of aging and the situation in old age. Examples of research areas he is involved in are:

  • Working conditions before retirement age and how it is associated to health, physical functioning and mortality in older age.
  • Health trends in the older ages.
  • Leadership behaviors and psychosocial working conditions in nursing homes and home help services.
  • Trends in survival after referral to nursing homes.
  • Mortality risk after dementia diagnoses. Here we have for instance analyses of the effect of BMI (Body Mass Index), type of dementia, medicine use, and what causes of deaths that are most common.
  • Health care utilization during the last years of life.
  • Life-style factors associated to risk of dementia and cognitive problems.
  • The balance between formal and informal care.

Project (PI)

Psychosocial working conditions and late-life physical functioning: What role do gender, socioeconomic position, work-life balance, and coping mechanisms play?

Selected publications

Nilsen, C., Agahi, N., Kåreholt, I. (2016) Work stressors in late midlife and physical functioning in old age. Journal of Aging and Health. DOI: 10.1177/0898264316654673

Nilsen, C., Andel, R., Fritzell, J., Kåreholt, I. (2016) Work-Related Stress in Midlife and All-Cause Mortality: Can Sense of Coherence Modify This Association? European Journal of Public Health. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckw086.

Agahi, N., Kelfve, S., Lennartsson, C., Kåreholt, I. (2016) Alcohol consumption in very old age and its association with survival: a matter of health and physical function. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 159, 240–245. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.12.022.

Lundgren, D., Ernsth Bravell, M., Kåreholt, I. (2016) Leadership and the Psychosocial Work Environment in Old Age Care. The International Journal of Older People Nursing. 11(1): 44-54. DOI: 10.1111/opn.12088.

Schön, P., Lagergren, M., Kåreholt, I. (2015) Rapid decrease in length of stay in institutional care for older people in Sweden between 2006 and 2012: results from a population-based study. Health and Social Care in the Community. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12237.

Darin Mattsson, A., Andel, R., Fors, S., Kåreholt, I. (2015) Are occupational complexity and socioeconomic position related to psychological distress 20 years later? Journal of Aging and Health. 27(7) 1266–1285.

Andel, R., Silverstein, M., Kåreholt, I. (2015) The Role of Midlife Occupational Complexity and Leisure Activity in Late-Life Cognition. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 70(2): 314-21. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu110.

Ahacic, K., Kennison, R., Kåreholt, I. (2014) Alcohol abstinence, non-hazardous use, and hazardous use a decade after alcohol-related hospitalization: register data linked to population-based representative postal survey. BMC Public Health, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-874.

Nilsen, C., Andel, R., Fors, S., Meinow, B., Darin Mattsson, A., Kåreholt, I. (2014) Associations between work-related stress in late midlife, educational attainment, and serious health problems in old age: a longitudinal study with over 20 years of follow-up. BMC Public Health, 14: 878.

Sigurdardottir, S., Kåreholt, I. (2014) Informal and formal care of older people in Icelandic. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, doi: 10.1111/scs.12114.

Trygged, S., Hedlund, E., Kåreholt, I. (2014) Living in Danger – Previous violence, socioeconomic position, and mortality risk among women over a 10-year period. Social Work in Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/19371918.2013.776350.

Trygged, S., Hedlund, E., Kåreholt, I. (2014) Beaten and Poor? A study of the long-term economic situation of women victims of severe violence. Social Work in Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/19371918.2013.776320.

Parker, V., Andel, R., Nilsen, C., Kåreholt, I. (2013) The association between mid-life socioeconomic position and health after retirement – exploring the role of working conditions. Journal of Aging and Health, 25 (5): 863-81.

Trygged, S., Hedlund, E., Kåreholt, I. (2013) Women experiencing severe violence in all social groups suffer long term negative economic consequences. The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 21, 61-76.

Ahacic, K., Kennis, R., Kåreholt, I. (2012) Changes in sobriety in the Swedish population over three decades: Age, period, or cohort effects? Addiction, 107(4), 748-755.

Ahacic, K., Trygged, S., Kåreholt, I. (2012) Income and education as predictors of stroke mortality after the survival of a first stroke. Stroke Research and Treatment, 2012, Article ID 983145, doi: 10.1155/2012/983145.