Mari Aaltonen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Social Sciences
| Sub unit: Health Sciences

About me

My research interests are focused on aging and care; how the increasing longevity and the changes in health and social care policy affect the use of formal and informal care over time. I’m particularly interested in research on care of people memory disorders. In 2018, I received a Postdoctoal Research Fellowship from the Academy of Finland for my postdoctoral project The challenge of dementia in the era of increasing longevity and changing care systems.

In my work I have mainly used quantitative methods and studied register-based datasets (administrative data), survey and questionnaire data. I have employed both cross-sectional and longitudinal methods in my work. I have ongoing projects using longitudinal data from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA) and Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). During fall 2018, I started my qualitative project and collected an interview data on people with memory disorders and their informal caregivers.

My work is part of the research conducted in Center of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoeAgeCare).

I have worked in the gerontology group and in a research project New dynamics of longevity and the changing needs for services (COCTEL) at the Tampere University (the University of Tampere until Jan 2019) since 2006, excluding academic year 2016 - 2017 during which I was working at the Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR), the University of Tampere. In March – August 209 I worked at Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada.