Ageing and Later Life

Human ageing is a constant, on-going process that is a part of everybody's life. At Linköping University, we study what it is to be elderly, as well as aging itself. 

Linköping University has researchers that study matters of social inequality and exclusion in a society with a changing welfare system, what it is to age and live with several different illnesses and disabilities and the social, technical and spatial changes which later life entails.

At the Division for Ageing and Social Change (ASC), researchers dedicate their time to academic questions related to ageing in different contexts. For example, ASC focusses on social, cultural, political, institutional, health-related and technical dynamics and their impact on ageing in a changing society.

Living with dementia is another issue studied by researchers at LiU. This is carried out at the Center for Dementia Research.


The Social Work research environment

The Social Work research environment nurtures justice and is guided by the principle of equal value for all persons. It acts to promote social change towards a more sustainable and inclusive society.

Wooden bridge

A Path to Prevention of Elder Abuse in Long-term care, APPEAL

The past year prevalence of elder abuse among community dwelling older adults have been reported to be about 10-15% in both Swedish and international studies.

The Ageing and Social Change research environment

The Ageing and Social Change research environment conducts leading-edge research on key social, political and cultural issues of ageing.


Anna Olaison, senior associate professor at the division of social work at Linköping University.

New research programme looking for solutions for dementia care

By 2050, the number of older people diagnosed with dementia in Sweden may have doubled compared to today. Providing care to everyone will be a big challenge. A new research programme will be launched at LiU to find solutions for the future.

Older woman talking to her doctor digitally

Risk for overestimation in digital technology in healthcare

A dissertation shows that non-inclusive evaluations of digital technology in healthcare can reinforce digital inequalities. Some groups from the elderly population participate in evaluations of the technology to a lesser extent.

One-sided image of older people in social media

Healthy and social. This is the image given of older people in the social media from a Swedish municipality. It is a relatively one-sided image and it may reinforce stereotypes, according to a doctoral thesis presented by Wenqian Xu.