NEAR - National E-Infrastructure for Aging Research in Sweden


The global increase in life expectancy is one of the greatest achievements of the last half century. However, the demographic development towards an older population poses tremendous societal and medical challenges globally, especially in developed countries such as Sweden. Promoting healthy ageing is therefore one of the most important commitments of the 21st century and to succeed, scientifically based knowledge of older individuals’ health- and care requirements are needed.

To better understand the individual and population aging process, the National E-infrastructure for Aging Research (NEAR) was founded in 2018 to build and run a national infrastructure by integrating existing databases from the major population-based longitudinal studies on aging and health in Sweden. NEAR comprises 15 databases located at 8 different universities, which allows comparison, integration, and pooling of data from a large Swedish sample of 180 000 older adults aged 50+ years. NEAR includes information on clinical, biological, social, and environmental data that are assessed at the individual level by physi

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