Mari Aaltonen

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Mari Aaltonen

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Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

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Mari Aaltonen (Ph.D. in health sciences, Adjunct Professor) currently works as a Chief Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. In addition, she has a fixed-term position as a Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Health Sciences) and Gerontology Research Center, Tampere University. Her work focuses on gerontology and health and social care policy, and is part of the research conducted at the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE Age Care).

Research interests

Research interests: ageing, longevity, memory disorders and dementia, end of life, health care, long-term care, health and social care policy, informal care, the societal impacts of ageing populations, and the effects of covid-19 on care.

Research projects on COVID and Long-Term Care


Substudies of the COCTEL-project:

  • Changing patterns of care home admissions during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Finland and Sweden: a register based study (first author)
  • How did COVID-19 change the use of health services among people with and without dementia? (co-author)

Substudy of I-CARE4OLD:

  • Impact of COVID-19 lockdown on functioning and wellbeing among the residential care home residents


LTCcovid webinar presentations

Aaltonen Mari, Forma Leena. The experiences of the LTC systems in Finland in relation to COVID-19. Webinar presentation on March 8th 2021. London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.


LTCCovid contributions

Forma L, Aaltonen M, Pulkki J. COVID-19 and clients of long-term care in Finland – impact and measures to control the virus. LTC Respones to COVID-9. International Long-term care Policy Network. Available from: