Sarah Åkerman

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I am a postdoctoral researcher in Social Policy. My main research interests are informal care among older adults and the general development in formal eldercare. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods in my research. I am currently the PI of a project on informal care (2022-2023) where we study risk factors for loneliness across time, predictors of formal support use, and needs of peer support among informal caregivers.

Starting in Fall 2023, I work in a research project led by Fredrica Nyqvist where we investigate "blue zones", areas characterized by extreme longevity, in a Nordic context using GERDA (Gerontological Regional Database).

In 2018-2021, I coordinated and worked with the evaluation of the Expert Caregiver project [Erfarenhetsmentorer för närståendevårdare] led by Fredrica Nyqvist, where we trained former caregivers to become peer supports to current caregivers. It was a collaboration between Åbo Akademi University, Novia University of Applied Sciences and NGO Folkhälsan.

I have worked with the GERDA waves in 2016 and 2021.

I teach in Camilla Nordberg's bachelor level courses about equality policies and gender, globalisation and social sustainability. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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