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GERDA - GErontological Regional DAtabase and resourcecentrum

Research project The main objective of the project has been to develop the medical- and social elderlycare in the Gulf of Bothnia region through research, education and the establishment of a Resource Center. A central goal has been to create a regional database containing information about the circumstances of life among the elderly in the geographical area of the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia and the county of Västerbotten.

A central goal has been to create a regional database containing information about the circumstances of life among the elderly in the geographical area of the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia on the west coast of Finland and the county of Västerbotten in northern Sweden. Social as well as geriatric aspects have been examined by using surveys and by conducting home visits. The GERDA-survey is a unique study involving 65 and 75 year old people. Among other aspects the study focuses on information concerning activities, social relations and general health (see www.umu.se/institutionen för socialt arbete/forskning/projetk/Gerda for the entire survey, unfortunately only available in Swedish and Finnish). Home visits have been conducted with 549 people aged 85 years or older. The home visits are focused on examining physical and mental (such as depression) illnesses and the capacity to cope with everyday activities. Thus, the database contains a large amount of variables about target groups at different stages in life. Other researchers can assess the database by directing an application to the scientific steering committee of the project. The data collected within the project is still ongoing by different researchers in Sweden and Finland. Follow up surveys and home visits are conducted in 2010 within the GERDA-Botnia project (see http://gerda.novia.fi/).

Project overview

Project period

2004-11-01 2008-03-31

Funding

Finansår , 2004, 2005, 2006

huvudman: Umeå universitet, socialt arbete, finansiar: Interreg IIIA, Kvarken MittSkandia, y2004: 341, y2005: 2096, y2006: 1922,

huvudman: Umeå universitet, socialt arbete, finansiar: Österbottens förbund, y2004: 45, y2005: 491, y2006: 503,

huvudman: Umeå universitet, socialt arbete , finansiar: Svenska Österbottens förbund för utbildning och kultur, y2004: 28, y2005: 89, y2006: 70,

huvudman: Umeå universitet, socialt arbete , finansiar: Umeå kommun, y2004: 34, y2005: 58, y2006: 46,

huvudman: Umeå universitet, socialt arbete , finansiar: Äldrecentrum Västerbotten, y2004: , y2005: 46, y2006: ,

huvudman: Umeå universitet, socialt arbete , finansiar: Åbo Akademi, y2004: 36, y2005: 140, y2006: 96,

huvudman: Umeå universitet, socialt arbete , finansiar: Vasa universitet, y2004: 26, y2005: 94, y2006: 70,

huvudman: Umeå universitet, socialt arbete , finansiar: Svenska yrkeshögskolan, y2004: 16, y2005: 130, y2006: 65,

huvudman: Umeå universitet, socialt arbete , finansiar: Medfinansiering Umeå universitet, y2004: 160, y2005: 1045, y2006: 1070,

Research subject

Clinical medicine, Healthcare sciences, Political science, Public health and community medicine, Social work, Sociology

Project description

Interdisciplinary research and collaboration and the involvement of other actors from the field has been an ambition in the project. The aspiration is to improve the knowledge base regarding the elderly in the nearby region by undertaking research and by collaborating, in a way that benefits the region. Capacity building, exchange of experiences, new contacts and networks has been achieved.

A central goal has been to create a regional database containing information about the circumstances of life among the elderly in the geographical area of the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia on the west coast of Finland and the county of Västerbotten in northern Sweden. Social as well as geriatric aspects have been examined by using surveys and by conducting home visits. The GERDA-survey is a unique study involving 65 and 75 year old people. Among other aspects the study focuses on information concerning activities, social relations and general health (see XXXX for the entire survey, unfortunately only available in Swedish and Finnish).

Home visits have been conducted with 549 people aged 85 years or older. The home visits are focused on examining physical and mental (such as depression) illnesses and the capacity to cope with everyday activities. Thus, the database contains a large amount of variables about target groups at different stages in life. Other researchers can assess the database by directing an application to the scientific steering committee of the project.

The data collected within the project is still ongoing by different researchers in Sweden and Finland. Follow up surveys and home visits are conducted in 2010 within the GERDA-Botnia project (see http://gerda.novia.fi/) .