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Åsa Larsson Ranada

Associate Professor, Docent

I have always been interested in working with people, particularly older people as I feel that they have so many interesting stories to tell

Making Everyday Life Work

In all my assignments, its about making everyday life work in various ways. My research interest is about the very oldest in society, their daily lives, and ownership and use of technology. Occupational therapists aim to make everyday life work for their clients, and it is within the occupational therapist programme that I conduct my teaching.

Reasearch: The Everyday Life of the Very Oldest

I defended my thesis in 2009 on a dissertation about the everyday life of the very oldest; older people’s daily doings as well as possession and use of technology.

Everyday life amongst the oldest old - descriptions of doings and possession and use of technology.


Questions about everyday life, technology, and remaining in one’s own home are what I have continued to work with even after my dissertation. The research is primarily of a qualitative nature to raise the elderly’s own perspectives on these issues. Technology is considered to be able to facilitate remaining in one’s own home and the daily life activities for older people and is expected to contribute to maintained health and a healthy and active ageing. The projects I am currently working on are:


In the research project Sesam – Senior alert – a means for better care in collaboration, funded by Forte, we study factors that constitute support or obstacles for the quality register Senior alert to contribute to an effective and powerful care preventive process, which promotes effective collaboration between different actors, as well as develop a model for collaboration.


In WellTECH@age, also a project funded by Forte, we will investigate how welfare technology contributes to security, activity, participation, and independence within elderly care.


I participate in the project LOTS  - Learning Occupational Therapy Skills.


I am also the research group leader within the research group Participation in Later Life, part of Occupational Therapy Research at the unit.


The teaching I conduct mainly takes place within the Occupational Therapy Programme at Campus Norrköping. I am responsible for the thesis course at the undergraduate level and have assignments as an examiner in the undergraduate programme (term 2 and term 3). The teaching is mainly within the thesis course but also around, for example, qualitative method. I also teach at advanced level in several different courses and I am examiner for one of these courses. In addition, I supervise and examine theses also at advanced level.




About me

Academic degrees

  • Docent in Occupational Therapy (2024)
  • Doctor of Medicine in Aging and Later Life (2009)
  • Master of Philosophy in Caring Science/Occupational Therapy (1998)
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist (1989)


Employment History

  • Associate professor in Occupational Therapy, Linköping University (2009)
  • University Adjunct in Occupational Therapy, Linköping University (1999-2009)
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist, Healthcare in Finspång, Östergötland County (1998-1999)
  • Assistant Chief Occupational Therapist, Geriatric Clinic, Uppsala County Council (1996-1999)
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist, Geriatric Clinic, Uppsala County Council (1989-1996)


  • Vice-chair of the course syllabus committee at the Department of Social and Welfare Studies (ISV)
  • Member of the Elderly Committee of the Association of Swedish Occupational Therapists since 2011
  • Member of the Register of Experts of COTEC (Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries), 2015



Johannes H Österholm, Åsa Larsson Ranada (2024) Occupational therapists' experiences of working with people with dementia: a qualitative study Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 31, Article 2305253 Continue to DOI
Anna Zhou, Ingrid Hellström, Susanne Roos, Åsa Larsson Ranada (2024) Aging with my family: a grounded theory approach on the role of family when aging as foreign-born BMC Geriatrics, Vol. 24, Article 45 Continue to DOI


Johannes Österholm, Maria Andreassen, Martha Gustavsson, Åsa Larsson Ranada (2023) Older people's experiences of visiting social day centres: The importance of doing and being for health and well-being Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 30, p. 76-85 Continue to DOI
Maria Bergström, Åsa Larsson Ranada, Annette M. Sverker, Ingrid Thyberg, Mathilda Björk (2023) A dyadic exploration of support in everyday life of persons with RA and their significant others Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 30, p. 616-627 Continue to DOI
Johannes H Österholm, Åsa Larsson Ranada, Ann-Charlotte Nedlund (2023) Mapping Collaboration and Coordination of Health and Care Services for Older People with Dementia: A Scoping Review Health & Social Care in the Community, Vol. 2023, Article 8858773 Continue to DOI


Collaboration with Testmiljö Norrköping

I am currently working together with Professor Katarina Hjelm and Senior Lecturer Annika Öhman on a project called “Can I manage this? Technology, health and ageing among the oldest old”.

The project is in collaboration with the project Testmiljö Norrköping and its project coordinator Ann-Christine Larsson. The aim of the project is to study the expectations on and use of technology of oldest old people (80+) still living in their homes, and how it might facilitate remaining at home and daily life/activities.

In the test environment set up by Testmiljö Norrköping, a number of old people are trained to use/get to test tablet computers and applications. This technology is intended to contribute to increased safety and social communication, and to promote independence.