Human Longevity, Individual Life Duration, and the Growth of by Jean-Marie Robine (auth.), Jean-Marie Robine, Eileen M.

By Jean-Marie Robine (auth.), Jean-Marie Robine, Eileen M. Crimmins, Shiro Horiuchi, Zeng Yi (eds.)

Old-age survival has significantly enhanced within the moment 1/2 the 20th century. lifestyles expectancy in filthy rich international locations has elevated, on general, from sixty five years in 1950 to seventy six years in 2005. the increase used to be extra brilliant in a few nations: the existence expectancy for jap ladies rose from sixty two years to 86 years throughout the comparable interval. pushed through this toughness extension, the inhabitants elderly eighty and over in these nations has grown fivefold from 8.5 million in 1950 to 44.5 million in 2005. Why has any such great extension of human lifespan happened? How lengthy do we reside? during this booklet, those basic questions are explored via specialists from such various fields as biology, drugs, epidemiology, demography, sociology, and arithmetic: they record on fresh state of the art stories approximately crucial problems with human durability resembling evolution of lifespan of species, genetics of human toughness, purposes for the new development in survival of the aged, scientific and behavioral motives of deaths between very previous humans, and social components of lengthy survival in previous age.

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