Hansen, Sylvia, Kaspar, Roman ORCID: 0000-0002-5829-2363, Wagner, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-0214-2403, Woopen, Christiane ORCID: 0000-0002-7148-6808 and Zank, Susanne (2021). The NRW80+study: conceptual background and study groups. Z. Gerontol. Geriatr., 54 (SUPPL 2). 76 - 85. HEIDELBERG: SPRINGER HEIDELBERG. ISSN 1435-1269

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Background The study Quality of life and well-being of the very old in North Rhine-Westphalia NRW80+ aims at giving a representative picture of the quality of life (QoL) in this population. Conceptually, QoL research has rarely considered the values of older individuals themselves and societal values, and their relevance for successful life conduct. Empirically, comparisons of different age groups over the age of 80 years are rare and hampered by quickly decreasing numbers of individuals in oldest age groups in the population of very old individuals. Study design and theoretical framework This paper describes the population of the NRW80+ study and different age groups of very old individuals with respect to biographical background. Furthermore, using the challenges and potentials model of QoL in very old age (CHAPO), key aspects of QoL in late life are discussed and the importance of normative stipulations of what constitutes a successful life conduct are highlighted. In the NRW80+ study older age groups (i.e., 85-89 years, 90+ years) were deliberately overrepresented in the survey sample to enable robust cross-group comparison. Individuals willing to participate in the study but unable to participate in the interview themselves for health reasons were included by means of proxy interviews. The total sample included 1863 individuals and 176 individuals were represented by proxy interviews. Pronounced differences were observed between age groups 80-84 years (born 1933-1937, N = 1012), 85-89 years (born 1928-1932, N = 573), and 90 years or older (*born before 1927, N = 278) with respect to education, employment and the timing of major life events (e.g., childbirth). Conclusion Different life courses and resulting living conditions should be considered when discussing QoL disparities in very old age.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Kaspar, RomanUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-5829-2363UNSPECIFIED
Wagner, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-0214-2403UNSPECIFIED
Woopen, ChristianeUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-7148-6808UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-562792
DOI: 10.1007/s00391-021-01970-z
Journal or Publication Title: Z. Gerontol. Geriatr.
Volume: 54
Number: SUPPL 2
Page Range: 76 - 85
Date: 2021
Place of Publication: HEIDELBERG
ISSN: 1435-1269
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Human Sciences > Department Heilpädagogik und Rehabilitation > Zentrum für Heilpädagogische Gerontologie
Subjects: Social sciences
Medical sciences Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Geriatrics & Gerontology; GerontologyEnglish
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/56279


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