Biodemography of human ageing.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Human senescence has been delayed by a decade. This finding, documented in 1994 and bolstered since, is a fundamental discovery about the biology of human ageing, and one with profound implications for individuals, society and the economy. Remarkably, the rate of deterioration with age seems to be constant across individuals and over time: it seems that death is being delayed because people are reaching old age in better health. Research by demographers, epidemiologists and other biomedical researchers suggests that further progress is likely to be made in advancing the frontier of survival - and healthy survival - to even greater ages.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vaupel, JW

Published Date

  • March 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 464 / 7288

Start / End Page

  • 536 - 542

PubMed ID

  • 20336136

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20336136

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-4687

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-0836

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nature08984


  • eng