Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 158–168 | Cite as

A longitudinal study integrating population, care and social services data. The Swedish National study on Aging and Care (SNAC)

  • Mårten LagergrenEmail author
  • Laura Fratiglioni
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
  • Johan Berglund
  • Sölve Elmståhl
  • Bo Hagberg
  • Göran Holst
  • Mikael Rennemark
  • Britt-Marie Sjolund
  • Mats Thorslund
  • Ingvar Wiberg
  • Bengt Winblad
  • Anders Wimo
Section on Longitudinal Studies


Background and aims: A large, national, long-term, longitudinal, multi-purpose study has been launched in Sweden — the Swedish National study on Aging and Care (SNAC). The study involves four research centers collecting data in four different areas of Sweden. Methods: The study consists of two parts: the population part and the care and services part. In the population part, a large, representative panel of elders in different age cohorts is followed over time to record and describe the aging process from different aspects. In the care and services part, a systematic, longitudinal, individually-based collection of data is performed concerning provision of care and services together with functional ability, specific health care problems, and living conditions of the recipients living in the area. Results: The data collection in the population part of the SNAC is not yet completed. In the present article, some preliminary results are reported from the care and services part. These pertain to comparisons between the participating areas with respect to the prevalence of disability among those receiving care and social services in their ordinary homes and those receiving care in special accommodation. A comparison is also presented with regard to the amount of home help provided to subjects with a given disability. Conclusions: This project has several advantages. It is expected to generate a rich data base relevant for future research on aging and care and to have a direct impact on the future Swedish system of care and services for the elderly.


Aging derly care individual-based longitudinal study monitoring population 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mårten Lagergren
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laura Fratiglioni
    • 2
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
    • 3
  • Johan Berglund
    • 4
  • Sölve Elmståhl
    • 5
  • Bo Hagberg
    • 6
  • Göran Holst
    • 4
  • Mikael Rennemark
    • 7
  • Britt-Marie Sjolund
    • 8
  • Mats Thorslund
    • 2
  • Ingvar Wiberg
    • 9
  • Bengt Winblad
    • 2
    • 10
  • Anders Wimo
    • 2
  1. 1.Stockholm Gerontology Research CenterStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Aging Research CenterKarolinska Institute and Stockholm Gerontology Research CenterStockholm
  3. 3.The Swedish Institute for Health SciencesLund UniversityLund
  4. 4.Blekinge Institute for Research and DevelopmentKarlskrona
  5. 5.Department of Community Medicine, Division of Geriatric MedicineLund UniversityLund
  6. 6.Unit of Gerontology and Care for the Elderly and Department of PsychologyLund UniversityLund
  7. 7.School of Social and Health SciencesHalmstad UniversityHalmstad
  8. 8.Nordanstig MunicipalityBergsjo
  9. 9.Region SkaneKristianstad
  10. 10.Division of Geriatric MedicineKarolinska InstituteStockholm

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