Individual Longevity Versus Population Longevity



The term longevity is usually associated with long life and with the property of being long-lived, whereas in demography it is also a synonym for life expectancy, the average duration of life within a population. As such, the concept of longevity has double meaning: individual longevity related to long-lived individuals and population longevity usually described by the demographic indicator of the life expectancy. This contribution aims at distinguishing two concepts of longevity that nowadays stimulate numerous scientific investigations.


Age validation Blue zone Individual longevity Population longevity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université catholique de Louvain, IACCHOSLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium
  2. 2.Tallinn University, Estonian Institute for Population StudiesTallinnEstonia

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