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Understanding Very Old Age : Looking Back and Thinking Forward

Poon, Leonard W.; Martin, Peter and Hagberg, Bo LU (2016) In Journal of Aging and Social Policy 28(3). p.208-217
Abstract

Understanding human development among the oldest old is a sequential building process taking into account building-block data, theories, and models from childhood, adulthood, and old age toward a new territory of oldest-old survivors who have lived way beyond the average life-span. A central question is whether the oldest-old survivors have developed specific survival techniques and/or protective environments that nurture survival. Or are the oldest old statistical outliers who by happenstance continue to survive further into old age? This commentary provides a historical framework on the papers in this series that describe challenges confronted by the oldest-old survivors in order to advance our understanding of survival of the oldest... (More)

Understanding human development among the oldest old is a sequential building process taking into account building-block data, theories, and models from childhood, adulthood, and old age toward a new territory of oldest-old survivors who have lived way beyond the average life-span. A central question is whether the oldest-old survivors have developed specific survival techniques and/or protective environments that nurture survival. Or are the oldest old statistical outliers who by happenstance continue to survive further into old age? This commentary provides a historical framework on the papers in this series that describe challenges confronted by the oldest-old survivors in order to advance our understanding of survival of the oldest old. A clear understanding of the contributors to longevity could guide public policies toward well-being and life satisfaction among our oldest-old citizens.

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Aging, centenarians, longevity, oldest old, quality of life
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Journal of Aging and Social Policy
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28
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3
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10 pages
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Taylor & Francis
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0895-9420
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10.1080/08959420.2016.1163954
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English
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  title        = {Understanding Very Old Age : Looking Back and Thinking Forward},
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  year         = {2016},
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