Marja J. Aartsen

VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Marja J. Aartsen is a holder of the Ph.D. degree. She is an Assistant Professor in sociology and social gerontology, at the Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and the Director of the European Masters Programme in Gerontology (EuMaG) ( Her research interests are on the social context of cognitive functioning, social networks, loneliness, and alcohol abuse in older adults. Aartsen has a keen interest in the modeling of change in different domains of functioning and the covariance between changes in different domains. During her Ph.D. study, she worked with the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam and was the (co)author of several peer-reviewed articles on social activities and cognitive aging. In 2003, Aartsen defended her thesis on “The interrelationship between cognitive and social functioning in older age” in which she specifically investigated the plausibility of the “use it or lose it” hypothesis. She was also a principal investigator of a multicenter validation study among 150 (in)patients in mental healthcare institutes. Aartsen currently supervises a Ph.D. project focusing on caregiver burden and nursing interventions and a Ph.D. project on trajectories of social engagement in older adults.

Biography Updated on 20 November 2011

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