Late-Life Creativity

  • Martin S. Lindauer
Part of the The Plenum Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


The older segment of the population is growing faster than any other age group. In the United States, those over 65 are projected to account for 20% of the nation, reflecting a worldwide pattern (McDonald, 1997; Perlmutter, 1990). Average life expectancy has not only increased but has led to two new categories of old age, the very-old and the old-old. There are more than 664 million people over 80 in the world, 1 for every 100 on earth, a number predicted to grow by another 370 million in 2050. The 135,000 centenarians in the United States in 1998, say fore- casters, will reach 2.2 million in the next 50 years. The upsurge of the aged is reflected in more than 1,000 college programs in gerontol- ogy, with several hundred at the graduate level, a 36-fold increase in funding from the National Institute on Aging in the last 25 years, to $685.6 million in a recent accounting, and more than a 10-times growth in the number of grants in the same period, valued at $722 million.


Creative Activity Successful Aging Creative Individual Creative People Creativity Test 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin S. Lindauer
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  1. 1.College at BrockportState University of New YorkBrockport

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