Prolonged Independent Living (PriLiv)

Research focus

The aging society is a global challenge with strong effects on each country’s system for health and welfare.  All PriLiv's activities relate to this demographic challenge, meaning that the demographic dependency ratio increases so that a lower share of people in working age is available for producing the goods and services that the population is dependent on. The proportion of old and disabled people living with chronic illnesses, in need of care, is increasing, as is the shortage of staff, expected to provide this care. This situation has led to a demand for increased efforts by relatives as caregivers and also to a rapidly expanding market for technological health and welfare products. The overall aim is not only to improve the quality of life of the patients, but also to enhance quality and efficiency of the health and welfare systems. User involvement, safety and security aspects have become critically important in this new and, compared to existing systems, more distributed health and welfare environment.  The increase in number of older people with intellectual impairment will continue and will lead to major changes in supportive care. Even seemingly well-established activities such as home care services, primary medical care, medication and hospital care need to be further developed in order to better meet the needs of the old person.
Within the PriLiv research group the ongoing research is related to health and welfare technologies for the elderly, medication management in elderly care, distributed antimicrobial stewardship in long-term elderly care, age-related diseases of the eye, support to and care for older people with intellectual impairment, support for relatives in the role as care-givers and working conditions in elderly care.
Researchers in PriLiv contribute to the research base of several programs at the HW, eg nursing, physiotherapy, social work, specialist training for nurses, as well as individual courses, eg pharmacological treatment of old people.


To increase the opportunities for and supporting a prolonged independent living and to contribute to the research base of HVV's educational programs.