VIA Ageing & Dementia

Developing knowledge about healthy ageing

VIA Ageing & Dementia

Center for research

We study health and illness late in life. We have specialist knowledge about dementia, which is one of the greatest existential, professional and socio-economic challenges of our time.

About the centre

  • Research areas

    Our research is carried out in collaboration with students and professional practice.


    - The relationship between social relationships and physical health. 
    - The transition between the hospital and one’s own residence. 
    - The municipal preparedness for dealing with the elderly in their own homes 
    - Involvement of the elderly in their own treatment and care 
    - Welfare technology and digitalization of welfare services to the elderly. 
    - Development of health professionals’ skills 


    - Social and multi-disciplinary methods in nursing, care and treatment of people with dementia. 
    - Relative’s life situation and opportunities for involvement 
    - An active life with dementia – physically and socially 
    - Reminiscence  - memories 

    Palliative Care

    - Professional skills in the care of people with incurable illnesses 
    - A coherent palliative patient process 
    - National guidelines for palliative skills in the education of health professionals

  • Selected projects

    We carry out projects with Danish and international partners.

    New app for relatives to people with dementia

    Since 2013, VIA has led an EU project to develop an app to support relatives' caring for people with dementia. The digital platform contains information about dementia and is an educational tool for relatives. 

    The project "UnderstAID" was carried out in collaboration with partners from Spain and Poland.

    Financing: Co-funded by EU's Ambient Assisted Living Programme 

    Project period: Concluded June 2016 

    Project manager:
    Kirsten Maibom, Head of Centre 
    VIA Ageing & Dementia

    Women’s experience with breast cancer diagnosis

    The project’s goal is to identify the psychological, social and physical needs women have when they transition from being "healthy" to being diagnosed with breast cancer. 

    The project is a collaboration between VIA Ageing & Dementia and the Department of Oncology at Horsens Hospital West. The project's advisory committee includes Associate Professor and Pro-Dean Bodil Rasmussen and Professor Trish Livingston, both from Deakin University, Australia. 

    Project period: Expected to conclude in 2016 

    Project manager:
    Jette Henriksen, Associate Professor, PhD
    VIA Nursing

    MOOC in dementia

    In September, 2015, the centre launched a Massive Open Online Course in dementia aimed at caregivers. 

    The aim of the course is to give relatives knowledge about the three most common types of dementia and to increase their abilities to cope with the illness and to mitigate the caregiver burden. 

    Everybody who has a computer can join the course. You can find the course here

    Old men living alone: quality of life, masculinity and health

    The project focuses on old men who live alone and aims at gaining knowledge about this group: how is their everyday life, their needs and ideas about life as elderly?  

    One outcome of the project is to develop new ideas for healthcare professionals about how to improve their help to this group of old men. 

    The project is funded by the Velux and EGV foundations.

    Project manager:
    Karen Munk Associate Professor, PhD
    VIA Ageing & Dementia

    Kristian Frausing, Associate Professor, PhD-student

  • Researchers

    Contact the researchers

    Kirsten Maibom, Head of Research Center

    T: +45 87 55 17 02
    Academic profile

    Research specialisation: 
    • Ageing and seniors maintaining work
    • Fundraising and project support 
    • The Danish Science Festival 

    Karen Pallesgaard Munk, Director of Research, PhD

    Responsible for research in ageing
    T: +45 87 55 17 04
    Academic profile
    S: karen-munk 

    Research specialisation: 
    • Old age
    • Development Psychology
    • Illness in old age

    Rikke Gregersen, Associate Professor, PhD

    Responsible for research in dementia
    T: +45 87 55 18 10
    Academic profile

    Research specialisation: 
    • Person-centered care
    • Rehabilitation in dementia field (e.g. Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, CST)
    • Informal caregivers, their needs and relief

    Vibeke Røn Noer, Associate Professor, PhD

    Responsible for research in palliation 
    T: +45 87 55 20 16
    Academic profile

    • Qualitative research
    • Ethnography and education
    • Nursing/palliative care

    See an overview of the researchers

  • Partners

    We are always interested in co-operating to develop new knowledge.


    • Herning Municipality 
    • Holstebro Municipality 
    • Silkeborg Municipality 
    • Skanderborg Municipality 
    • Viborg Municipality 
    • Aarhus Municipality


    • Retrospect Film 
    • Sekoia 
    • Cesga, ES


    • Socialstyrelsen

    Industry networks/organizations

    • Alzheimerforeningen 
    • Dansk Gerontologisk Selskab 
    • Nationalt Videncenter for Demens 
    • Nationalt Videncenter for Palliation (PAVI) 
    • Dansk Multidisciplinær Cancer Gruppe for Palliativ Indsats 
    • UDP-A Coruña, ES


    • Syddansk Universitet 
    • Aarhus Universitet Deakin University, 
    • AUS Poznan University of Medical Sciences (PUMS), P0 
    • Proffessionshögskolan i Buskerud, HiBu, NO 
    • University of A Coruña (ES) 
    • National University of Ireland (IR) 
    • Bangor University (GB), 
    • Beijing University (BCU) China,


    • Hospitalsenheden Vest (Horsens)
    • Holstebro og Herning Sygehuse
    • Aarhus Universitetshospital


    • Proffessionshögskolan i Buskerud (NO)
    • Consorzio per la Ricerca e l’Educazione Permanente – COREP (IT)

Get inspired

New research published

Healthcare for the elderly is not an attractive career choice for most health students at VIA University College, a study by researchers at VIA Ageing & Dementia shows. The study was published in the journal Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. 
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"Old times" makes for good conversation

Research shows that memories can be a good tool when caring for dementia patients.

VIA Ageing & Dementia