I am senior lecturer at the division of physiotherapy, KI, associate professor in Aging Research at KI, and physiotherapist at Karolinska University Hospital. I am also vice-principal investigator of the Swedish National study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K: www.snac-k.se) population-study. I obtained my PhD in physiotherapy at KI. Thereafter, I did my postdoctoral training first at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg and then at the Aging Research Center, KI.
My primary area of research interest is the epidemiology of physical function, physical activity/sedentary behavior and falls in older persons.
My research has been supported by various foundations, including Stockholm County Council, the Swedish Research Council (VR), Vårdalinstitutet and the Research School in Health Care Science. I was WP-leader in the EU-financed MPI-age project (2014-2017: http://www.mpiage.eu/). I am principal supervisor for two PhD students and one postdoc, and co-supervisor of three PhD students.
Currently I am working with the following research lines:
1.Exploring the complex interactions between biological, demographic, and social factors; chronic diseases; and lifestyle that may explain the development of disability in old age.
2) Investigating how and which patterns of sedentary behavior are linked to poor health among older adults. In this project,objective instruments are used to assess physical activity and sedentary behavior, which permits a more valid and detailed examination than previously possible in population-based studies of older adults.
3.The body-mind connection.
4.The VR-financed project: “Thinking, moving, and falling: Early detection of fall-prone phenotypes as targets for primary interventions—a translational study”. The goal of this project is to enable early detection of fall risk in older adults who can be targets for primary interventions.
I have arranged several courses in physiotherapy and geriatric epidemiology/public health. I have for example been course coordinator for the PhD course "Application of epidemiological methods in aging research" and the course "Geriatric epidemiology: Health assessments in old ages", which is part of the master’s program in Public Health at KI. I have extensive experience from lecturing and leading seminars at the undergraduate, master’s and PhD levels, as well as from supervising students.
Academic honours, awards and prizes
In 2015, I received the Karolina Prize (Karolinapriset; the Karolinska Hospital research prize): https://www.karolinska.se/om-oss/centrala-nyheter/2015/05/karolinapriset2015/
Assessing and Measuring Chronic Multimorbidity in the Older Population: A Proposal for Its Operationalization
The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences 2017;72(10):1417-1423
Cardiovascular Risk Burden and Future Risk of Walking Speed Limitation in Older Adults
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2017;65(11):2418-2424
Cognitive and Physical Function in Relation to the Risk of Injurious Falls in Older Adults: A Population-Based Study
The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences 2017;72(5):669-675
Defining Health Trajectories in Older Adults With Five Clinical Indicators
The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences 2017;72(8):1123-1129
Impact of tooth loss on walking speed decline over time in older adults: a population-based cohort study
Aging clinical and experimental research 2017;29(4):793-800
Sex Differences in the Association Between Pain and Injurious Falls in Older Adults: A Population-Based Longitudinal Study
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY 2017;186(9):1049-1056
Trends in Incidence of Disability in Activities of Daily Living in Chinese Older Adults: 1993-2006
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2017;65(2):306-312
Association of mobility limitations with incident disability among older adults: a population-based study
Age and ageing 2016;45(6):812-819
Effects of biological age on the associations of blood pressure with cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular mortality in old age: A population-based study
International journal of cardiology 2016;220():508-13
Relation of Statin Use and Mortality in Community-Dwelling Frail Older Patients With Coronary Artery Disease
The American journal of cardiology 2016;118(11):1624-1630
The Effects of "Physical Activity on Prescription" in Persons With Transient Ischemic Attack: A Randomized Controlled Study
Journal of neurologic physical therapy : JNPT 2016;40(3):176-83
Age-related variation in health status after age 60
PloS one 2015;10(3):e0120077-
Multidimensional Prognostic Index in Association with Future Mortality and Number of Hospital Days in a Population-Based Sample of Older Adults: Results of the EU Funded MPI_AGE Project
PloS one 2015;10(7):e0133789-
The MPI_AGE European Project: Using Multidimensional Prognostic Indices (MPI) to improve cost-effectiveness of interventions in multimorbid frail older persons. Background, aim and design
EUROPEAN GERIATRIC MEDICINE 2015;6(2):184-188
Use of medications and functional dependence among Chinese older adults in a rural community: A population-based study
Geriatrics & gerontology international 2015;15(12):1242-8
The benefits of staying active in old age: physical activity counteracts the negative influence of PICALM, BIN1, and CLU risk alleles on episodic memory functioning
Psychology and aging 2014;29(2):440-9
Walking speed, processing speed, and dementia: a population-based longitudinal study
The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences 2014;69(12):1503-10
Vascular risk factor burden, atherosclerosis, and functional dependence in old age: a population-based study
International journal of behavioral medicine 2014;21(4):597-604
Adherence to physical exercise recommendations in people over 65--the SNAC-Kungsholmen study
European journal of public health 2013;23(5):799-804
Is midlife occupational physical activity related to disability in old age? The SNAC-Kungsholmen study
PloS one 2013;8(7):e70471-
Can chronic multimorbidity explain the age-related differences in strength, speed and balance in older adults?
Aging clinical and experimental research 2012;24(5):480-9
Pain following stroke, initially and at 3 and 18 months after stroke, and its association with other disabilities
European journal of neurology 2012;19(10):1325-30
Physical activity in people age 80 years and older as a means of counteracting disability, balanced in relation to frailty
Journal of aging and physical activity 2012;20(3):317-31
Spasticity after stroke: an overview of prevalence, test instruments, and treatments
American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation 2012;91(9):814-20
Use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in social services for elderly in Sweden
DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION 2012;34(11):959-64
Location and severity of spasticity in the first 1-2 weeks and at 3 and 18 months after stroke
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY 2010;17(5):720-5
Limited fine hand use after stroke and its association with other disabilities
JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE 2008;40(8):603-8
Determinants of mobility and self-care in older people with stroke: Importance of somatosensory and perceptual functions
PHYSICAL THERAPY 2007;87(12):1633-41
Hemiplegic limb synergies in stroke patients
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION 2006;85(2):112-9
Spasticity and its association with functioning and health-related quality of life 18 months after stroke
CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES 2006;21(4):247-53