English BASE Monograph

Two monographs about BASE were published, one in German and one in English. Both provide an overview of the study and its main results. Information about the English version follows below.


Paul B. Baltes & Karl Ulrich Mayer (Eds.),
The Berlin Aging Study: Aging from 70 to 100

New York, 1999, 2001: Cambridge University Press
552 pp., 96 tables, 80 figs.
Hardback (1999) — no longer available
Paperback (2001) ISBN 9780521000031
eBook (2012) ISBN 9781139244121

Table of Contents (incl. Chapter Abstracts)

Table of Contents

Click chapters for Abstracts, and in some cases, full texts.

Acknowledgments ix
P. B. Baltes & K. U. Mayer
A. Theoretical orientations and methods

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


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


Morbidity, medication, and functional limitations in very old age
E. Steinhagen-Thiessen & M. Borchelt


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

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
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