Aging Research

Key Research Area:
Aging and Demographic Change


Our Key Research Area “Aging and Demographic Change” aims at analyzing the diversity of everyday realities on the basis of a life course perspective. The effects of ageing on a wide range of life worlds are examined and their influence on the quality of life of people of a very advanced age are studied using theoretical, conceptional and empirical approaches.


Our society is aging continuously. Areas of life such as health care, training, management, living and working environments, and culture, are all affected by an ever increasing life expectancy. At the same time, the process of ageing is becoming more and more complex, embracing an ever-increasing number of different life designs.


Anna Janhsen (moderation)

ceres – Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health
Universitätsstr. 91
50931 Köln

+49 (0)221 470-89103



Prof. Dr. Susanne Zank

Faculty of Human Sciences

Institute for Rehabilitative Gerontology

Deputy Speaker

Prof. Dr. Frank Schulz-Nieswandt

Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences

Chair of Social Policy