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Aging, Health, and Competence: The Next Generation of Longitudinal Research

Aging, Health, and Competence: The Next Generation of Longitudinal Research


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The unprecedented increase in life expectancy has resulted in a large number of elderly people in our populations, many of whom are vulnerable to developing health problems. While past longitudinal studies of health and aging have provided some insights into our increased vulnerability with age, it is recognized that the next century demands of us more sophisticated, multidisciplinary, longitudinal research to measure trends in adult health and to identify patterns of aging in populations and individuals. This book brings together leading researchers in the field of health and aging to begin to discuss new theoretical developments and insights into the determinants of healthy aging, and to outline the issues of the next generation of longitudinal research. It includes reviews of past and current longitudinal studies of aging; discussions of current and future research directions; and information of use to social policy, educational and medical programs, and the elderly themselves.This volume will be of great interest to gerontologists, geriatricians and public health workers, providing the background and motivation to stimulate the next generation of longitudinal research on health and aging.

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