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The Demography of Ageing


“Demography of aging” is the statistical study of human populations at old age (65 and over). It encompasses the study of the size, structure and distribution of these populations, and spatial and/or temporal changes in them in response to aging and death. Demography of aging is a part of a medical demography that applies demographic concepts, models, and techniques to the analysis of the dynamics of morbidity, disability, and mortality of older populations. It is concerned with the consequences of health, disease, disability, and death for the size, composition, and structure of aging populations, and with the economic, social, and policy impacts of those dynamics.

Bachelor degree

Learning objectives

  • The student is familiar with the basic demographic concepts, measures, methods, and techniques.

  • The student can discuss with statisticians and demographers about mortality rates and ageing rates, survival analysis, life tables, and population projections and can interpret papers writing on these issues.

  • The student understands historical and current demographic trends in life expectancy and in the distributions of disability, disease, and death.

  • The student understands and is able to construct a life table using available age-specific mortality and morbidity data.

  • The student can interpret the underlying assumptions of population projections and understands the consequences for health policy.

  • The student knows the demographic characteristics of his/her country, in particular compared to other countries and with respect to the demographic transition.

Written report

Dr. D. van Bodegom
M. Hafkamp, MD, MSc

Registration for places available

Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing
Rijnsburgerweg 10
Tel: 071-5240960

Master programme
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