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The Transitions of Aging


  • Exposes the hidden generational changes in aging

  • Explores the influence of childhood development on aging

  • Studies the role of aging in healthcare spending

  • Provides a very long-term view covering two centuries

  • Makes critical interdisciplinary links


Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Suchit Arora
    Pages 1-23
  3. Suchit Arora
    Pages 25-46
  4. Suchit Arora
    Pages 47-72
  5. Suchit Arora
    Pages 73-90
  6. Suchit Arora
    Pages 99-119
  7. Suchit Arora
    Pages 121-130
  8. Suchit Arora
    Pages 131-155
  9. Suchit Arora
    Pages 157-182
  10. Suchit Arora
    Pages 183-214
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 215-226

About this book


This book explores the unresolved paradox at the heart of population aging, namely how to account for the fact that death rates from most non-communicable diseases rise as people age, yet aggregate death rates from such diseases have decreased overall despite an increasingly aging population. It provides a long-term historical perspective on this issue, presenting evidence that the underpinnings of modern aging extend as far back as the nineteenth century, and that aging has boosted per capita healthcare spending.

The book first outlines the three eras of the Epidemiologic Transition, taking readers from its first stage where the threat of infectious diseases loom large, through the transitional stage, and on to the modern era, where non-communicable diseases are the primary cause of death. Next, the book examines the age-profiles of people whose childhoods coincide with the different stages of the Epidemiologic Transition. Using data from England and Wales, one of the few places that have recorded the data necessary for such an exploration, the book resolves the aging paradox by studying hidden generational change. It traverses historical time and identifies the distinct socio-economic and epidemiologic childhood conditions that may appear in it. It then compares, for instance, aging of children brought up in an earlier epidemiologic stage with aging of ones raised in a modern one. In the process, it explores the influence of childhood development on aging.

Overall, the book has a quantitative bent, engaging the reader with analytical issues that will help develop a deeper understanding of modern aging.


Age-profiles of people Aging paradox Childhood development Chronic diseases Distinct childhood conditions Epidemiologic transition Healthcare spending Hidden generational change Influence of childhood development on aging Non-communicable diseases Population aging Primary cause of death Study of cross-cohort aging Threat of infectious diseases Understanding of modern aging

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.State Teachers Retirement System of OhioColumbusUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Transitions of Aging
  • Authors Suchit Arora
  • Series Title International Perspectives on Aging
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int. Perspect. Aging
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-14402-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-35503-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-14403-0
  • Series ISSN 2197-5841
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-585X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 226
  • Number of Illustrations 50 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aging
    Population Economics
    Public Health
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