Volume 32 - Article 37 | Pages 1049-1064 Article has associated letter

Demographic characteristics of Sardinian centenarian genealogies: Preliminary results of the AKeA2 study

By Rosa Maria Lipsi, Graziella Caselli, Lucia Pozzi, Giovannella Baggio, Ciriaco Carru, Claudio Franceschi, James W. Vaupel, Luca Deiana

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Date received:19 Sep 2014
Date published:21 May 2015
Word count:2400
Keywords:AKeA2 survey, centenarians, fertility, infant mortality, longevity, Sardinia
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2015.32.37
Updated Items:On May 30, 2015 a typing mistake on page 1056 was corrected at the authors’ request.
 

Abstract

Objective: This article provides an overview of the AKeA2 study, with a particular focus on data collection concerning family genealogies of the Sardinian centenarians and controls, and on the quality of these data. A first analysis of the main characteristics of the survey data is also summarized and selected preliminary results are presented.

Methods: We use descriptive statistics to analyze data collected by the AKeA2 survey on Sardinian centenarians and controls.

Results: Centenarian women have on average fewer children, and at an older age, particularly for their last child. The mothers of centenarians, especially centenarian women, lived longer on average than those of deceased controls and controls born between 1905 and 1910 but still living at the moment of the survey.

Author's Affiliation

Rosa Maria Lipsi - Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (ISTAT), Italy [Email]
Graziella Caselli - Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy [Email]
Lucia Pozzi - Università degli Studi di Sassari (UniSS), Italy [Email]
Giovannella Baggio - Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD), Italy [Email]
Ciriaco Carru - Università degli Studi di Sassari (UniSS), Italy [Email]
Claudio Franceschi - Università di Bologna (UNIBO), Italy [Email]
James W. Vaupel - Max-Planck-Institut für Demografische Forschung, Germany [Email]
Luca Deiana - Università degli Studi di Sassari (UniSS), Italy [Email]

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