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A Life Course Approach to Healthy Ageing

Diana Kuh, Rachel Cooper, Rebecca Hardy, Marcus Richards, and Yoav Ben-Shlomo

Abstract

This book offers an interdisciplinary and life course approach to the study of healthy ageing, harnessing the power of cohort studies that follow people through their lives. Healthy ageing is the maintenance of optimal function for as long as possible at the individual, body system, and cellular levels, as people grow older. It is also the maintenance of wellbeing, including personal fulfilment, positive emotions, and relationships with others. The editors have brought together expert investigators of maturing birth cohort and ageing studies, cross-cutting methodologists, and specialists in ag ... More

Keywords: healthy ageing, life course, cohort studies, longitudinal analysis, capability, wellbeing, older people

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656516
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656516.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana Kuh, editor
University College London, UK

Rachel Cooper, editor
University College London, UK

Rebecca Hardy, editor
University College London, UK

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Part I The life course perspective on healthy ageing

Chapter 2 A life course approach to physical capability

Rachel Cooper, Rebecca Hardy, Avan Aihie Sayer, and Diana Kuh

Chapter 4 A life course approach to psychological and social wellbeing

Catharine R Gale, Ian J Deary, and Mai Stafford

Part II Methods for studying ageing from a life course and interdisciplinary perspective

Chapter 5 Design of life course studies of healthy ageing

Rebecca Hardy, Graciela Muniz-Terrera, and Scott Hofer

Part III Healthy ageing in body systems, organs, and cells

Chapter 12 A life course approach to healthy musculoskeletal ageing

Kate A Ward, Judith E Adams, Ann Prentice, Avan Aihie Sayer, and Cyrus Cooper

Chapter 13 A life course approach to biomarkers of ageing

Carmen Martin-Ruiz and Thomas von Zglinicki

Chapter 14 Genetic aspects of ageing

Teri-Louise Davies, Tamuno Alfred, and Ian NM Day

Chapter 15 Life course epigenetics and healthy ageing

Paul Haggarty and Anne C Ferguson-Smith

Part IV The way we live

Chapter 16 Lifetime lifestyles I: diet, the life course, and ageing

Gita Mishra, Marcus Richards, Seema Mihrshahi, and Alison Stephen

Chapter 19 What have we learnt for future research and knowledge exchange?

Diana Kuh, Rachel Cooper, Rebecca Hardy, James Goodwin, Marcus Richards, and Yoav Ben-Shlomo

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