The Berlin Aging Study: Aging from 70 to 100

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Paul B. Baltes, Karl Ulrich Mayer
Cambridge University Press, 19.03.2001 - 552 Seiten
The present and future of our society are shaped by an ever-increasing proportion of old and very old people. The Berlin Aging Study is one of the largest interdisciplinary efforts to explore old age and aging. Unique aspects of the Berlin Aging Study are the spectrum of scientific disciplines involved, the range of discipline-specific and interdisciplinary research topics, the focus on very old age (70 to over 100 years), and the empirical reference to a representative heterogenous urban population. The study's first cross-sectional findings on intellectual abilities, self and personality, social relationships, physical health, functional capacity, medical treatment, mental disorders such as depression and dementia, socioeconomic conditions, activities, everyday competence, subjective well-being, and gender differences are reported in depth in this book. The study was carried out in the context of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences study group on 'Aging and Social Development'. The authors primarily conduct their research at the Berlin Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the Free University of Berlin, and the Humboldt University, Berlin.
 

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Sample Design and Overview
15
Generational Experiences of Old People in Berlin
83
Six Individual Biographies from the Berlin Aging Study
111
Part B Major Results from the Four Research Units
131
Socioeconomic Conditions and Social Inequalities in Old Age
227
Men and Women in the Berlin Aging Study
259
Sensory Systems in Old Age
360
Theoretical
384
On the Significance of Morbidity and Disability in Old Age
403
The Utilization of Medical and Nursing Care in Old Age
430
Sources of WellBeing in Very Old Age
450
What Do We Know about Old Age and Aging? Conclusions from
475
Notes on Contributors
521
Abbreviations
527
Subject Index
545
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