Interviews, questionnaires, physical measures, administrative databases
Questionnaires (home interview largely focused on the sociodemographic background, living conditions, social relations, chronic diseases, cognitive function, depressive symptoms and functional decline)
Physical measures:body height, body mass, percentage of body fat, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, muscle strength and balance
Cause of mortality was obtained from the Civil Registration Office.
The data focus on elderly’s functional capacity, health, living habits and living conditions.
The purpose of the study was to analyze functional capacity, health, living habits and living conditions among 75-year-old residents of three Nordic localities, namely Glostrup in Denmark, Göteborg in Sweden, and Jyväskylä in Finland.
Medicine, Social Science
University of Jyvaskyla, Department of Sports and Health Sciences
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Schroll M, Steen B, Berg S, Heikkinen E, Viidik A. NORA–Nordic research on ageing. Functional capacity of 75-year-old men and women in three Nordic localities. Danish Medical Bulletin. 1993 Nov;40(5):618-624.