Aging. It's never too late

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Citation: Vaupel, James W., Carey, James R., Christensen, Kaare (2003) Aging. It's never too late. Science (Volume 301) (RSS)

Tagged: uw-madison (RSS), wisconsin (RSS), sociology (RSS), demography (RSS), prelim (RSS), qual (RSS), WisconsinDemographyPrelimAugust2009 (RSS), aging (RSS), health care (RSS)


Age-specific death rates are needed for age-specific info not found in survival curves. ASDRs are strongly subject to current conditions and behaviors as they show in the natural experiment of the German reunification. Even mortality at old age is plastic. Health intervention at old age can significantly increase survival.

Theoretical and practical relevance:

Highlights the importance of healthcare for the elderly.