Berlin Aging Studies (BASE & BASE-II)
Dynamic Modeling of Longitudinal Change and Mortality
During the 20th century, average life expectancy nearly doubled. More and more individuals in current cohorts of older individuals experience additional years of life between the ages of 70 and 100+. What do these added years mean in terms of levels of functional capacity and quality of life? What are the constraints on mental and physical capacities in the last years of life? Given the heterogeneity of aging trajectories and outcomes, longitudinal studies of individual development are crucial in providing answers to these questions. Since 1989, members of the Center for Lifespan Psychology have been investigating age- and death-related changes in psychological functioning from age 70 to 100+ in the context of the Berlin Aging Study I (BASE). In 2013, BASE-II was established to address antecedents of healthy aging.
A healthy brain is essential to enjoy a productive human life. Many environmental, social, occupational, and lifestyle factors influence brain health. The Lifebrain project aims to identify these factors and understand how they influence brain development, cognitive function and mental health at different stages of life.
Lifebrain integrates data from 6000 research participants collected in 11 European brain-imaging studies in 7 countries. BASE and BASE-II are participating in this project.
Lifebrain is an international research project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.
Involved Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development
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