Resilience and longevity: expert survivorship of centenarians

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2010-01-01
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MacDonald, Maurice
Poon, Leonard
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Margrett, Jennifer
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Martin, Peter
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Human Development and Family Studies

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies focuses on the interactions among individuals, families, and their resources and environments throughout their lifespans. It consists of three majors: Child, Adult, and Family Services (preparing students to work for agencies serving children, youth, adults, and families); Family Finance, Housing, and Policy (preparing students for work as financial counselors, insurance agents, loan-officers, lobbyists, policy experts, etc); and Early Childhood Education (preparing students to teach and work with young children and their families).

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The Department of Human Development and Family Studies was formed in 1991 from the merger of the Department of Family Environment and the Department of Child Development.

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1991-present

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  • College of Human Sciences (parent college)
  • Department of Child Development (predecessor)
  • Department of Family Environment (predecessor)

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Centenarians are survivors, and many among them exemplify sustained competence into very old age. This paper highlights three important resilience domains among centenarians: personal resilience (e.g., personality), cognitive resilience (e.g., intellectual functioning), and social and economic resilience (e.g., social support and economic resources).

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This chapter is published as Martin, P., MacDonald, M., Margrett, J. A., & Poon, L. W. (2010). Resilience among the oldest-old. In P. S. Fry & C. L. M. Keyes (Eds.), Frontiers of Resilient Aging, 213-238. Cambridge University Press. Posted with permission.

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