BASE Monograph

The Berlin Aging Study: Aging from 70 to 100

P. B. Baltes & K. U. Mayer (Eds.)

New York, 1999, 2001: Cambridge University Press
552 pp., 96 tables, 80 figs.
Hardback (1999) — no longer available
Paperback (2001), $56.00 (ISBN 0-5-1-00003-3)
eBook (2012), $45.00 (ISBN 9781139244121)

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Table of Contents

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  Acknowledgments ix
P. B. Baltes & K. U. Mayer
A. Theoretical orientations and methods  
1. The Berlin Aging Study (BASE): Sample, design, and overview of measures
P. B. Baltes, K. U. Mayer, H. Helmchen, & E. Steinhagen-Thiessen
2. Sample selectivity and generalizability of the results of the Berlin Aging Study
U. Lindenberger, R. Gilberg, T. D. Little, R. Nuthmann, U. Pötter, & P. B. Baltes
3. Generational experiences of old people in Berlin
I. Maas, M. Borchelt, & K. U. Mayer
4. Six individual biographies from the Berlin Aging Study
Y. Schütze, C. Tesch-Römer, & C. Borchers
B. Major results from the four Research Units  
5. Morbidity, medication, and functional limitations in very old age
E. Steinhagen-Thiessen & M. Borchelt
6. Psychiatric illnesses in old age
H. Helmchen, M. M. Baltes, B. Geiselmann, S. Kanowski, M. Linden, F. M. Reischies, M. Wagner, T. Wernicke, & H.-U. Wilms
7. Trends and profiles of psychological functioning in very old age
J. Smith & P. B. Baltes
8. Socioeconomic conditions and social inequalities in old age
K. U. Mayer, I. Maas, & M. Wagner
C. Interdisciplinary findings  
9. Men and women in the Berlin Aging Study
M. M. Baltes, A. M. Freund, & A. L. Horgas
10. Social relationships in old age
M. Wagner, Y. Schütze, & F. R. Lang
11. Self, personality, and life regulation: Facets of psychological resilience in old age
U. M. Staudinger, A. M. Freund, M. Linden, & I. Maas
12. Limits and potentials of intellectual functioning in old age
U. Lindenberger & F. M. Reischies
13. Sensory systems in old age
M. Marsiske, J. Delius, I. Maas, U. Lindenberger, H. Scherer, & C. Tesch-Römer   
14. Everyday competence in old and very old age: Theoretical considerations and empirical findings
M. M. Baltes, I. Maas, H.-U. Wilms, M. Borchelt, & T. D. Little
15. On the significance of morbidity and disability in old age
M. Borchelt, R. Gilberg, A. L. Horgas, & B. Geiselmann
16. The utilization of medical and nursing care in old age
M. Linden, A. L. Horgas, R. Gilberg, & E. Steinhagen-Thiessen
17. Sources of well-being in very old age
J. Smith, W. Fleeson, B. Geiselmann, R. A. Settersten Jr., & U. Kunzmann
D. Overview and outlook  
18. What do we know about old age and aging? Conclusions from the Berlin Aging Study
K. U. Mayer, P. B. Baltes, M. M. Baltes, M. Borchelt, J. Delius, H. Helmchen, M. Linden, J. Smith, U. M. Staudinger, E. Steinhagen-Thiessen, & M. Wagner
  Notes on contributors 521
  Abbreviations 527
  Author index 529
  Subject index 545

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Book Reviews

"Where the study is very strong is in its potential for interdisciplinary analyses, with chapters examining gender issues, psychological resilience, everyday competence, and so on."

  • Dening, T. (2000). The Berlin Aging Study: Aging from 70 to 100 [Book review]. Psychological Medicine, 30, 473–474. doi: 10.1017/S0033291799211580

"... the scholarship is formidable in breadth and perspicacity... The book is full of intriguing observations and hypotheses."

  • Evans, J. G. (1999). The Berlin Aging Study: Aging from 70 to 100 [Book review]. Nature, 402(6758), 122. doi: 10.1038/45924

"This important volume is the first act of what will surely be a major perfomance in multidisciplinary research in aging. Do not miss it."

  • Maddox, G. L. (2000). Prospects and limits of aging well — The Berlin Aging Study: Aging from 70 to 100 [Book review]. The Gerontologist, 40, 749–752.

"Here, for the first time, empirical data are presented which adequately address the complexities of old age in modern society from a truly interdisciplinary perspective."

"This might possibly be the most important multidisciplinary study of aged individuals to be published in one volume since 1960."

  • Shultz, K. S., & Bengtson, V. L. (2000). A new perspective on very old age — The Berlin Aging Study: Aging from 70 to 100 [Book review]. Contemporary Gerontology, 7, 15–18.

See also:

  • Cribier, F. (2001). Paul B. Baltes and Karl Ulrich Mayer (eds), The Berlin Aging Study: Aging from 70 to 100 [Book review]. European Sociological Review, 17, 471–473. doi: 10.1093/esr/17.4.471
  • Grundy, E. (2001). The Berlin Aging Study: Aging from 70 to 100 [Book review]. Population Studies, 55, 199–208. doi: 10.1080/00324720127684