Physical Activity and Health

Contact: Anna Cristina Åberg
Visiting address: Husargatan/Dag Hammarskjölds väg, BMC (entry A11), Uppsala

Studies on Physical Activity and Health of the Elderly

The research in this field is aimed at investigations of motor function and physical activity in relation to health among elderly people. This implies that both quantitative and qualitative methodologies are combined and complementarily used, including integration of different research methods into a research strategy of mixed-method design, which can increase the quality of final results by providing a more comprehensive understanding of analyzed phenomena. The studies in this area includes methods development of clinical and laboratory based assessments of motor function, as well as studies on associations between motor function and subjective health aspects, in particular life satisfaction and fear of falling. The research is mainly directed towards elderly with a need for rehabilitation due to multiple diseases/functional limitations, and those with specific neurological or neurodegenerative diagnoses, such as stroke or Alzheimer's disease. One main focus is prevention of falls and balance performances among older people, specifically for those with an increased risk of falling. 

Latest publications

Cedervall Y, Stenberg AM, Ahman HB, Giedraitis V, Tinmark F, Berglund L, Halvorsen K, Ingelsson M, Rosendahl E and Aberg AC (2020). Timed Up-and-Go Dual-Task Testing in the Assessment of Cognitive Function: A Mixed Methods Observational Study for Development of the UDDGait Protocol. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 17.

Carstensen G, Rosberg B, Mc Kee KJ and Aberg AC (2019). Before evening falls: Perspectives of a good old age and healthy ageing among oldest-old Swedish men. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 82: 35-44.

Ahman HB, Giedraitis V, Cedervall Y, Lennhed B, Berglund L, McKee K, Kilander L, Rosendahl E, Ingelsson M and Aberg AC (2019). Dual-Task Performance and Neurodegeneration: Correlations Between Timed Up-and-Go Dual-Task Test Outcomes and Alzheimer's Disease Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers. J Alzheimers Dis. 71: S75-S83.

Elf M, Nordmark S, Lyhagen J, Lindberg I, Finch T and Aberg AC (2018). The Swedish version of the Normalization Process Theory Measure S-NoMAD: translation, adaptation, and pilot testing. Implement Sci. 13: 146.

Leavy B, Michaelsson K, Aberg AC, Melhus H and Byberg L (2017). The Impact of Disease and Drugs on Hip Fracture Risk. Calcif Tissue Int. 100: 1-12.

Aberg AC, Halvorsen K, From I, Bruhn AB, Oestreicher L and Melander-Wikman A (2017). A Study Protocol for Applying User Participation and Co-Learning-Lessons Learned from the eBalance Project. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 14.

Aberg AC and Ehrenberg A (2017). Inpatient geriatric care in Sweden-Important factors from an inter-disciplinary team perspective. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 72: 113-120.

Leavy B, Byberg L, Michaelsson K, Melhus H and Aberg AC (2015). The fall descriptions and health characteristics of older adults with hip fracture: a mixed methods study. BMC Geriatr. 15: 40.

Cedervall Y, Halvorsen K and Aberg AC (2014). A longitudinal study of gait function and characteristics of gait disturbance in individuals with Alzheimer's disease. Gait Posture. 39: 1022-7.

Last modified: 2021-01-27