Päivi Topo, PhD is a medical sociologist and social gerontologist. Her research interests concern physical and psychosocial health and social care environments, wellbeing of people with dementia, technology and ethics.

Päivi has been an advisory member of national dementia plan group in Finland and a board member of Society for Memory Disorders Expertise in Finland. She has worked as secretary general in The National Advisory Board on Social Welfare and Health Care Ethics ETENE (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health) in which she is recently a board member representing patient and client perspective and social care expertise. She has over one hundred publications, including also publications aiming at popularizing research findings. She is the director of The Age institute which is a non-profit, multidisciplinary research and development center promoting ageing well.