Understanding successful ageing, key challenges and research methods

Leigh Riby*, Joanna Greer, Léa M. Martinon, Jonathon L. Reay

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During the previous two decades, academics, health care professionals, and members of the general public have been relentless with their desire to further explore and understand the multidimensional relationship between ageing, physical health, and psychological wellbeing. In particular, there has been substantial interest in the role that individual differences, lifestyle choices, and the environment play in typical and atypical ageing; exploring their impact on disease aetiology, disease progression, treatment plans, and more recently, disease prevention is essential. This increased interest and scientific enquiry is largely due to the estimated additional 400 million adults who will be 80 years and over by the year 2050 (World Health Organization, 2014). Moreover, the associated exponential rise in age-related health care problems is coupled with a current lack of suitable interventions and understanding. As a result, there is now a race to uncover and understand the secrets of ‘successful ageing’ to slow the onset and progression of the inevitable age-related health problems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Gerontology Research Methods
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding successful aging
EditorsLeigh Riby
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781317675686
ISBN (Print)9781138779037
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2016

Publication series

NameResearch Methods in Developmental Psychology: A Handbook Series


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