What is the Berlin Aging Study?
The Berlin Aging Study is a multidisciplinary investigation of old people aged 70 to over 100 years who live in former West Berlin. In the main study (1990–1993), a core sample (see Samples) of 516 individuals was closely examined in 14 sessions covering their mental and physical health, their psychological functioning, and their social and economic situation. Since then, the study has been continued as a longitudinal study, and surviving participants have been reexamined seven times (see Methods).
Until the end of 1998, BASE was supported by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and the participating institutions. From 2008 to 2011, it was co-sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The Center for Lifespan Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development has led the project since 2008.
Institutions Cooperating in BASE
- Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
- Geriatrics Research Group of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
- Evangelisches Geriatriezentrum Berlin
- Departments at the Freie Universität Berlin
- Departments at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
- Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)
- Interdisciplinary Research Group of the BBAW: Aging and Societal Development (AGE)