Danish Aging Research Center

Danish Aging Research Center - DARC

The center is a co-operation between three research groups from: Institute of Public Health, Research Unit of General Practice and Department of the Study of Culture (Literature) - at the University of Southern Denmark. The center is made possible through a grant from the VELUX foundation.


The Last Years of Life

How can treatment be improved in the last years of our life? 
Should we change our preconceptions about the well-being of today's oldest old?

Interview- and register based data on the Danish birth cohorts 1895, 1905, 1910, and 1915 can help us to identify factors with a positive association with health, functioning, social network, and well-being in the last years of life. This knowledge can be used in the effort to ensure more good years of life to more people.

About: Last Years of Life


Oldest Old and the General Practice

Old people account for the majority of the GPs' consultations - but research has not addressed the quality of care and services provided to the oldest old in the last years of their life.

By using qualitative research methods including interviews with GPs, old patients and their relatives, we will get an insight into their interpretation of the concept of well-being.

About: Oldest-Old and the GP

Late Life Fiction / The Literary Patient

Health, treatment and well-being in elderly characters in contemporary literature: How are the elderly citizens' last years of life represented in novelistic fictions?

Tendencies and moods in society are often captured in literature long before they are analyzed in quantitative research. We will focus specifically on the representation of elderly citizens’ last years of life in Scandinavian and Anglophone novelistic fictions over the last decades.

 About: Late Life Fiction 

Reading elderly man


Head of Center:

Professor Kaare Christensen 
Institute of Public Health – Epidemiology J.B. Winsløws Vej 9B, st. tv DK-5000 Odense C
Tel: +45 6550 3049
E-mail: kchristensen@health.sdu.dk
 

Center Secretary:

Accounts Manager Ulla Iversen
Institute of Public Health – Epidemiology
J.B. Winsløws Vej 9B, st. tv.
DK-5000 Odense C
Tel: +45 6550 4088
E-mail: uiversen@health.sdu.dk
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