International Studies in Population

Human Longevity, Individual Life Duration, and the Growth of the Oldest-Old Population

Editors: Robine, J.-M., Crimmins, E.M., Horiuchi, S., Zeng, Y. (Eds.)

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Old-age survival has considerably improved in the second half of the twentieth century. Life expectancy in wealthy countries has increased, on average, from 65 years in 1950 to 76 years in 2005. The rise was more spectacular in some countries: the life expectancy for Japanese women rose from 62 years to 86 years during the same period. Driven by this longevity extension, the population aged 80 and over in those countries has grown fivefold from 8.5 million in 1950 to 44.5 million in 2005. Why has such a substantial extension of human lifespan occurred? How long can we live? In this book, these fundamental questions are explored by experts from such diverse fields as biology, medicine, epidemiology, demography, sociology, and mathematics: they report on recent cutting-edge studies about essential issues of human longevity such as evolution of lifespan of species, genetics of human longevity, reasons for the recent improvement in survival of the elderly, medical and behavioral causes of deaths among very old people, and social factors of long survival in old age.

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"This book is divided into five sections in an attempt to find common ground among the broad selection of topics. ... I read this book with great interest and enthusiasm and believe it should be on the shelf of anyone now doing research in this field. ... My recommendation is to add this volume to your library and enjoy, as I have ... ." (S. Jay Olshansky, Population Studies, Vol. 62 (2), 2008)


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Research Issues on Human Longevity

    Robine, Jean-Marie

    Pages 7-42

  • Patterns in Mammalian Ageing: Demography and Evolution

    Austad, Steven N.

    Pages 43-55

  • Life Span Extension in Humans is Self-Reinforcing: A General Theory of Longevity

    Carey, James R. (et al.)

    Pages 57-81

  • Oldest-Old Mortality in China

    Yi, Zeng (et al.)

    Pages 87-110

  • Central and Dispersion Indicators of Individual Life Duration: New Methods

    Kannisto, Väinö

    Pages 111-129

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Longevity, Individual Life Duration, and the Growth of the Oldest-Old Population
Editors
  • Jean-Marie Robine
  • Eileen M. Crimmins
  • Shiro Horiuchi
  • Yi Zeng
Series Title
International Studies in Population
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4848-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-4848-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4846-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4847-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 442
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