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What can the life course approach contribute to an understanding of longevity risk?
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2016 (English)In: Longitudinal and life course studies, ISSN 1124-9064, E-ISSN 1757-9597, Vol. 7, no 2, 165-196 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Longevity risk means living longer than predicted. Attempts to understand longevity risk to date have concentrated on single diseases, usually coronary heart disease, and sought explanations in terms of risk factor change and medical innovation. In an opening paper, David Blane and colleagues point to evidence that suggests changes in positive health also should be considered; and that a life course approach can do so in a way that is socially and biologically plausible. Applying this approach to UK citizens currently aged 85 years suggests that life course research should give priority to trajectories across the whole life course and to the social and material contexts through which each cohort has passed. Testing these ideas will require inter-disciplinary and international comparative research. The opening paper is followed by commentaries from Hans-Werner Wahl, Mark Hayward, Aart Liefbroer and Gita Mishra. Finally Blane and colleagues respond to the points raised by the commentators.

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2016. Vol. 7, no 2, 165-196 p.
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Longevity risk, positive health, social and biological plausibility, life course trajectories, social history context
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134186DOI: 10.14301/llcs.v7i2.343ISI: 000382495300005OAI: diva2:1040591
Available from: 2016-10-28 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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