Prolonged independent life

The number of elderly and disabled people with major care needs is becoming increasingly larger as the lack of staff in care and nursing is growing more and more. This implies expectations of increased efforts by family caregivers and a rapidly growing market for health and welfare technical devices.


Senior Lecturer

Petra Heideken Wågert



Senior Lecturer

Christine Gustafsson



The group conducts research and research-related activities in:

  • health and welfare technology in the field of elderly care
  • dementia and dementia care
  • the elderly and pharmaceuticals
  • prescribing of antibiotics among the elderly
  • age-related eye diseases
  • support and care of elderly people with intellectual disabilities
  • support to family caregivers
  • working conditions in elderly care

The goal of the research group is to increase the possibilities of, and to support, a prolonged independent life and also to contribute to a research base in the University’s study programmes in Health and Welfare.

Ongoing research projects

The overarching aim of the project is to work out a model for decision support for health and welfare organizations when planning to implement health and welfare technology..

Project manager at MDH: Christine Gustafsson

Main financing: KL, The Social Contract and Regional Council of Sörmland.

The overall aim is to verify the outcome of a calculation algorithm (RetinaRisk ™), developed in Iceland and tested in several European countries, on a very large Swedish material, available in The Swedish National Diabetes Register (NDR).

Project manager at MDH: Lene Martin

Main financing: Ögonfonden