Life-long determinants of healthy aging

​Description of research

Finnish Retirement and Aging study (FIREA) aims to determine how health behaviors and clinical cardiovascular risk factors change around retirement transition by following aging workers from work to full-time retirement. In addition, we examine long-term factors that associate with extended working careers as well as consequences of extended working-life participation on post-retirement health and functioning.

Research project titles

  1. Healthy aging at work and at retirement - Finnish Retirement and Aging Study (FIREA)
  2. Integrated Datasets across Europe for Ageing Research (IDEAR) network
  3. Psychosocial work environment and healthy ageing

Members of the research group

Jussi Vahtera, professor
Anna Pulakka, PhD (post-doc)
Tuija Leskinen, PhD (post-doc)
Saana Myllyntausta (doctoral candidate)
Jaana Pentti (statistician)
Hanna Pynnönen (study nurse)
Minna Hyppönen (study nurse)

Selected publications

Stenholm S, Head J, Kivimäki M, Kawachi I, Aalto V, Zins M, Goldberg M, Zaninotto P, Magnuson Hanson L, Westerlund H, Vahtera J. Smoking, physical inactivity and obesity as predictors of healthy and disease-free life expectancy between ages 50 and 75: a multicohort study. Int J Epidemiology 2016. [Epub ahead of print]

Stenholm S, Pulakka A, Kawachi I, Oksanen T, Halonen JI, Aalto V, Kivimäki M, Vahtera J. Changes in Physical Activity During Transition to Retirement: A Cohort Study. Int J Beh Nutr Phys Act 2016;13(1):51.

Stenholm S, Kivimäki M, Jylhä M, Kawachi I, Westerlund H, Pentti J, Goldberg M, Zins M, Vahtera J. Trajectories of self-rated health in the last 15 years of life by cause of death. Eur J Epidemiology 2016;31(2):177-85.

Stenholm S, Koster A, Patel K, Valkeinen H, Bandinelli S, Guralnik JM, Ferrucci L. Association of physical activity history with physical function and mortality in old age. J Gerontol Med Sci 2016;71(4):496-501.

Stenholm S, Vahtera J, Kawachi I, Pentti J, Halonen JI, Westerlund H, Razak F, Subramanian SV, Kivimäki M. Patterns of weight gain in middle-aged and older US adults from 1992—2010: The Health and Retirement study. Epidemiology 2015;26(2):165-8.


 Docent Sari Stenholm