Group von Bonsdorff

Social gerontology

Social gerontology aims to strengthen research in the area of active and healthy ageing. It includes three main themes: healthy ageing, senior housing as a means to further healthy ageing; and research in agency, participation and sense of community.

Social gerontology research was launched in the beginning of 2017. The project strengthens ongoing research collaboration with the Gerontology Research Center at the University of Jyväskylä. The focus is on social aspects of promoting active and healthy ageing. The project includes research on life course determinants of healthy ageing. The Helsinki Birth Cohort Study includes rich data on ageing outcomes such as physical and mental functioning, comorbidity, retirement and survival. As part of the Social gerontology, the group is exploring retirement and health in later life. The planning of the project called BoAktiv, a project on senior housing as a determinant of healthy and active ageing, started in the beginning of 2017. The project focuses on Folkhälsan senior housing and healthy ageing. The ethical consent was given in November 2017 and data collection will start in January 2018. A systematic review on agency, participation and sense of community in underway.

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Anna Ylönen, MSc, Project Coordinator

Mats Åström, MD, doctoral student

Monika von Bonsdorff, Docent, Academy of Finland Research Fellow

Ylva Krokfors, MSc, doctoral student

Professor Johan Eriksson, University of Helsinki and Folkhälsan Research Center

Professor Ilse Julkunen, University of Helsinki

Professor Marjaana Seppänen, University of Helsinki

Professor (emerita) Anneli Sarvimäki, Ikäinstituutti, Helsinki

PhD Outi Jolanki, University of Jyvaskyla and University of Tampere


    • Mikaela von Bonsdorff

      PhD, Docent, Senior researcher

    • Tel:
      +358 40 034 2692

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    • Anna Ylönen

      MSc, Project coordinator

    • Tel:
      +358 44 788 5999

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