A Life Course Approach to Healthy Ageing

Paperback | January 13, 2014

EditorDiana Kuh, Rachel Cooper, Rebecca Hardy

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Healthy ageing has long been a neglected area of epidemiological research as the traditional focus has been on specific chronic diseases of older life. There is a growing consensus from scientists, research funders and policy makers that ageing itself needs to be studied from aninterdisciplinary and life course perspective, to inform strategies for reducing the societal and individual costs of an ageing population. A Life Course Approach to Healthy Ageing is a synthesis of life course perspectives in epidemiology and interdisciplinary perspectives in ageing research. It brings together expert investigators of maturing birth cohort and ageing studies, cross-cutting methodologists, and authorities in ageingresearch and knowledge transfer from across the world in one wide-ranging volume.Contributors discuss how aspects of healthy ageing are conceptualised, defined and measured; relate to each other; change across life; and are influenced by biological, psychological and social factors operating from early life onwards. They identify research gaps, and suggest how evidence fromobservational studies can be strengthened through improved study design and longitudinal analysis, thereby increasing the research contribution to practice or policy change.The book considers how we might delay or slow down the progressive, generalised impairment of function that occurs at the individual, body system and cellular levels, as people grow older. It also considers the determinants of wellbeing in older people, including personal fulfilment, positiveemotions and social relationships. Broad in scope, discussing topics from genetics to psychological and social wellbeing, A Life Course Approach to Healthy Ageing is a key resource for epidemiologists, social scientists, clinicians, public health physicians, policy makers and practitioners with a research interest in healthyageing.

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Healthy ageing has long been a neglected area of epidemiological research as the traditional focus has been on specific chronic diseases of older life. There is a growing consensus from scientists, research funders and policy makers that ageing itself needs to be studied from aninterdisciplinary and life course perspective, to inform s...

Diana Kuh, Professor of Life Course Epidemiology at University College London, is the director of the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, and the MRC National Survey of Health and Development, the oldest of the British birth cohort studies that has followed up over 5000 individuals since their birth in March 1946. Diana is also th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:January 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I. The life course perspective on healthy ageing1. Diana Kuh, Rebecca Hardy, Rachel Cooper, Marcus Richards and Yoav Ben-Shlomo: Life course epidemiology, ageing research and maturing cohort studies: a dynamic combination for understanding healthy ageing2. Rachel Cooper, Rebecca Hardy, Avan Aihie Sayer and Diana Kuh: A life course approach to physical capability3. Marcus Richards and Ian J Deary: A life course approach to cognitive capability4. Catharine R Gale, Ian J Deary and Mai Stafford: A life course approach to psychological and social wellbeingPart II. Methods for studying ageing from a life course and interdisciplinary perspective5. Rebecca Hardy, Graciela Muniz-Terrera and Scott Hofer: Design of life course studies of healthy ageing6. Graciela Muniz-Terrera and Rebecca Hardy: Longitudinal data analysis in studies of healthy ageing7. Andrew Wills and Kate Tilling: Modelling repeat exposures: some examples from life course epidemiology Supplementary web material8. Sean Clouston: Propensity score matching and longitudinal research designs: counterfactual analysis using life course data in a longitudinal context9. JD Carpentieri and Jane Elliot: Understanding healthy ageing using a qualitative approach: the value of narratives and individual biographiesPart III. Healthy ageing in body systems, organs and cells10. Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Michael Gardner and Stafford Lightman: A life course approach to neuroendocrine systems: the example of the HPA axis11. Debbie A. Lawlor and Rebecca Hardy: A life course approach to metabolic and vascular function Supplementary web material12. Kate A Ward, Judith E Adams, Ann Prentice, Avan Aihie Sayer and Cyrus Cooper: A life course approach to healthy musculoskeletal ageing13. Carmen Martin-Ruiz and Thomas von Zglinicki: A life course approach to biomarkers of ageing14. Teri-Louise Davies, Tamuno Alfred and Ian Day: Genetic aspects of ageing15. Paul Haggarty and Anne Ferguson Smith: Life course epigenetics and healthy ageingPart IV. The way we live16. Gita Mishra, Marcus Richards, Seema Mihrshahi and Alison Stephen: Lifetime lifestyles I: diet, the life course and ageing17. Ulf Ekelund: Lifetime lifestyles II: physical activity, the life course and ageing18. Emily Murray and Mai Stafford: Lifetime lifestyles III: where we live, the life course and ageing19. Diana Kuh, Rachel Cooper, Rebecca Hardy, James Goodwin, Marcus Richards and Yoav Ben-Shlomo: Conclusions