Positive Ageing and Learning from Centenarians evaluates the mechanisms of positive ageing in a uniquely interdisciplinary way to explore the question of how we age and how some people age successfully.

Drawing together the findings of recognised longevity researchers from around the world, the book applies an integrated vision to educational and social aspects of human ageing. It examines research into centenarians, and considers most of the disciplines related to longevity and healthy aging and aspects such as education, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, demography, sociology, economics as well as those related to nutrition and biological factors of longevity. The book examines how the results of these scientific investigations could improve the well-being of the oldest olds in the future, especially in the context of ageing societies. It provides an answer to the question of what we can learn from centenarians and what lessons we can from their lifestyle, which can contribute to live longer, better and happier.

Based on cutting-edge research, the book will be highly relevant reading for researchers, academics and students in the field of ageing and longevity, mental health research, health science, gerontology and psychology.

chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

Blue Zone

A model to live longer and better

chapter Chapter 4|15 pages

Exceptional longevity

Exploring personality factors and resilience in the life stories of Canadian centenarians

chapter Chapter 5|11 pages


Meaning of life and other psychosocial factors for longevity

chapter Chapter 8|17 pages


Cultural and social influences of a unique non-Western lifestyle

chapter Chapter 11|11 pages

Implications for ageing society