What can the life course approach contribute to an understanding of longevity risk?

Blane, David, Akinwale, Bola, Landy, Rebecca, Matthews, Katherine, Wahrendorf, Morten, Wahl, Hans-Werner, Hayward, Mark D., Liefbroer, Aart C., Mishra, Gita D., Ferreira, Isabel and Koupil, Ilona (2016) What can the life course approach contribute to an understanding of longevity risk?. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 7 2: 165-196. doi:10.14301/llcs.v7i2.343

Author Blane, David
Akinwale, Bola
Landy, Rebecca
Matthews, Katherine
Wahrendorf, Morten
Wahl, Hans-Werner
Hayward, Mark D.
Liefbroer, Aart C.
Mishra, Gita D.
Ferreira, Isabel
Koupil, Ilona
Title What can the life course approach contribute to an understanding of longevity risk?
Journal name Longitudinal and Life Course Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1757-9597
Publication date 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.14301/llcs.v7i2.343
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 2
Start page 165
End page 196
Total pages 32
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies
Collection year 2017
Subject 3319 Life-span and Life-course Studies
Abstract 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.
Keyword Life course trajectories
Longevity risk
Positive health
Social and biological plausibility
Social history context
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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