Volume 14 - Article 13 | Pages 267-294

Survival differences among the oldest old in Sardinia: who, what, where, and why?

By Graziella Caselli, Rosa Maria Lipsi

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Date received:25 Jan 2006
Date published:29 Mar 2006
Word count:6159
Keywords:causes of death, centenarians, geography of mortality, Italy, life expectancy, mortality, oldest old, Sardinia, survival differences


A study of centenarians in Sardinia detected the existence of an area where the number of centenarians is higher than elsewhere, in particularly for men. There is a widespread opinion that the existence of a greater or a lesser number of centenarians largely depends on mortality features between 80 and 100 years. This study aims to cast light on our knowledge of elderly mortality differentials, total and by cause of death, in Sardinia, and attempts to verify this hypothesis. To do so, an analysis is conducted of age and sex mortality trends over time at province and municipality level. Results fully confirm the underlying hypothesis.

Author's Affiliation

Graziella Caselli - Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy [Email]
Rosa Maria Lipsi - Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT)., Italy [Email]

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