Demographic Research Monographs

Supercentenarians

Editors: Maier, H., Gampe, J., Jeune, B., Vaupel, J.W., Robine, J.-M. (Eds.)

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Does human mortality after age 110 continue to rise, level off, or start to decline? This book describes a concerted, international research effort undertaken with the goal of establishing a database that allows the best possible description of the mortality trajectory beyond the age of 110. The International Database on Longevity (IDL) is the result of this ongoing effort. The IDL contains exhaustive information on validated cases of supercentenarians (people 110 years and older) and allows unbiased estimates of mortality after age 110. The main finding is remarkable: human mortality after age 110 is flat at a probability of death of 50% per year. The sixteen chapters of this book discuss age validation of exceptional longevity, data on supercentenarians in a series of countries, structure and contents of the IDL, and statistical analysis of human mortality after age 110. Several chapters include short accounts of specific supercentenarians that add life to demographic research.

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“The present volume is an offshoot of an international project on longevity initiated by James Vaupel at the Max Planck Institute of Demographic Research (MPIDR). … this book is strongly recommended for all those interested in ageing and longevity, that is, for probably most of us.” (Guillaume Wunsch, European Journal of Population, Vol. 27, 2011)

“This text contains 16 Chapters in three Sections. Within the sixteen chapters are ten nation-specific reports on how the local demographers gather, verify and analyze data on supercentenarians (those aged 110 or more). The book’s focus is very well defined. … It will be of interest only to those who themselves study mortality among the very old. While more interesting books can, and have been written on the topic, this is a very serious and detailed treatise.” (Robert L. Brown, Canadian Studies in Population, Vol. 39 (1-2), Spring/Summer, 2012)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • On the age validation of supercentenarians

    Poulain, Michel

    Pages 3-30

  • The International Database on Longevity: Structure and contents

    Cournil, Amandine (et al.)

    Pages 31-40

  • Supercentenarians in the United States

    Kestenbaum, Bert (et al.)

    Pages 43-58

  • The emergence of supercentenarians in Canada

    Desjardins, Bertrand (et al.)

    Pages 59-74

  • Supercentenarians in Japan

    Saito, Yasuhiko

    Pages 75-99

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Supercentenarians
Editors
  • Heiner Maier
  • Jutta Gampe
  • Bernard Jeune
  • James W. Vaupel
  • Jean-Marie Robine
Series Title
Demographic Research Monographs
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-11520-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-11520-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-11519-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26347-7
Series ISSN
1613-5520
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 323
Number of Illustrations and Tables
52 b/w illustrations
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