Forte-centre: Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments, CASE
Forte, the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Alzheimer's disease & other dementias
CASE originates in well-established and dynamic co-operation among a range of disciplines from the faculties of medicine, engineering and social sciences, successively fusioned under the umbrella of environmental gerontology. The hallmark of the research is its specific emphasis on person-environment interactions, generating knowledge on environmental influences on activity, participation, mobility, safety and health among older people and along the ageing process. The research concerns societal planning, community-based rehabilitation, prevention and health promotion. The vision The Supportive Environment for Ageing will realise societal change enhancing healthy ageing, in Sweden and abroad, particularly in Europe. The mission is threefold: To produce research findings enhancing development of environments supportive for healthy ageing, taking benefit of active input from older people and user organisations, ultimately resulting in positive daily life changes recognised by older people, at individual, group and population levels. To produce research findings of high societal relevance, resulting in practice implementation in societal planning as well as impact on policy and legislation. To consolidate and further develop a creative and excellent research context, well suited to support development and implementation of evidence-based, practical strategies for creating supportive environments in different societal arenas, underfed by continuously developing in-depth knowledge on ageing processes. At its start, CASE will engage 54 persons; senior and junior scientists, PhD students and technical/administrative staff. The work will be organised in six thematic areas while projects, being the heart and dynamics of CASE, and staff transcend thematic area boundaries. A number of different databases are available, rendering comparative studies possible. In addition, a new project and a panel study engaging all CASE researchers will be started.