Academy of Finland
Funding decision
 
Name Rantanen, Taina
Organisation University of Jyväskylä
Project title Are older people becoming younger? Cohort differences in perceived age and functional capacity among 75- and 80-year-old people assessed 28 years apart (The Evergreen 2)
Decision No. 310526
Decision date 28.04.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 448 849
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Project description
This study aims to find out whether older people are becoming younger. The reduced mortality of older people suggests that people of a given age might feel younger than people of the same age did in the past. It might also be possible that the functional age of current older people is younger than that of earlier cohort. This is assessed by comparing objective indicators of functioning such as muscle strength or sensory functions between people of the same age born in different times. Only little information exists on cohort effects on objective indicators of functioning and perceived age. The study idea is to collect standardized data among 75- and 80-year-old people in 2017 and compare these data to similar cohorts studied in 1989-1990. The knowledge will contribute to future projection concerning disability rates or care needs of older people. The knowledge created in this project may help alleviate ageist attitudes toward older people.