Luise Geithner, M.A., studied Sociology and Economics at the University of Jena (B.A.) and Socioeconomics at the University of Hamburg. After her graduation she was working as a research associate at the Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society in a project about advanced nursing practice in rural areas of Germany and as associate lecturer at the University of Heidelberg. Since 2016 Luise Geithner is a research associate at ceres in the projects NRW80+ and D80+. Her research interests are in the fields of social inequality, sociology of age(ing) and quality of life. As a PhD student of the Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS) she currently works on her PhD project about the diversity of lifestyles in very old age and its relation to social inequality.