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Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 27, 2007

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Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 27, 2007

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Biopsychosocial Approaches to Longevity


  • Leonard W. Poon PhD, DPhil
  • Thomas T. Perls MD, MPH

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Though exceptional human longevity has captured the imagination for millennia, it has been only in the past fifteen years or so that some of the secrets to very long lives are finally giving way to scientific inquiry.

Written by an international group of experts, this year's review first considers the methodological and design dilemmas faced in conducting centenarian research. It then offers guidance in locating literature and data sources for primary and secondary information on centenarians and the oldest old. This section includes a list of the world's oldest persons and discusses the difficulties in compiling such a list.

The remainder of the review is divided in three sections-the biology and genetics of longevity, the behavioral and social predictors of longevity, and methodological issues in qualitative and anthropologic approaches and the study of the very oldest old, supercentenarians, or those who live to 110 years or more. Data is drawn from studies undertaken among populations in diverse parts of the world.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 12, 2007
  • Page Count 296
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826115379
  • EISBN 9780826115386

Table of Contents 

    About the Editors
    Contributors Preface
  1. The Trials and Tribulations of Studying the Oldest Old, Leonard W. Poon and Thomas T. Perls

  2. Section I: Biomedical
  3. Aging: A Genetic Balancing Act, Jan Vijg and Yousin Suh
  4. The Promise of Human Lifespan Extension, Preston W. Estep III
  5. The Familiality of Exceptional Longevity, Thomas T. Perls
  6. Centenarian Offspring: A Model of Successful Aging, Dellara F. Terry

  7. Section II: Psychosocial
  8. Personality and Coping Among Centenarians, Peter Martin
  9. Social Support for Centenarians' Health, Psychological Well-Being, and Longevity, Maurice MacDonald
  10. Cognitive Function of Centenarians and its Influence on Longevity, Yasuyuki Gondo and Leonard W. Poon

  11. Section III: Methodology
  12. Extreme Longevity and Data Quality, Jean-Marie Robine
  13. Living Past 100 Years: Perspectives from Anthropology of Longevity, Kyung-Soo Chun
  14. Developing Models of Longevity, Bo Hagberg
  15. Methodological Considerations in Studying Centenarians: Lessons Learned from the Georgia Centenarian Studies, Leonard W. Poon et al.

  16. Index