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 Ageing Study is a large inter-disciplinary effort exploring old age and ageing. Important aspects of the 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 reports its first cross-sectional findings in this book. They include 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.

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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
Morbidity Medication and Functional Limitations in Very Old Age
131
Psychiatric Illnesses in Old Age
167
Trends and Profiles of Psychological Functioning in Very Old Age
197
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

Social Relationships in Old Age
282
Limits and Potentials of Intellectual Functioning in Old Age
329

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