Aging Together: Very Old Parents and Their Children


Prof. Dr. Kathrin Boerner

Division for Prevention and Rehabilitation Research
Department of Health Services Research
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg 

Postal address: 
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg 
26111 Oldenburg 

Visitor address: 
Campus Haarentor, Building V04
Ammerländer Heerstraße 140
26129 Oldenburg

Aging Together: Very Old Parents and Their Children

Aging Together: Very Old Parents and Their Children

Scientific project management:
Prof. Dr. Kathrin Boerner
Prof. Dr. Daniela S. Jopp
Prof. Dr. Kyungmin Kim

Project duration:
2017-2021 (ongoing data analyses and publications)

Project funding:
1 R21 AG069019, 3R21AG054668; National Institute on Aging (NIA), USA

Project description:
The Boston Aging Together Study is part of an international research program on the life situation of very old parents and their "old children" (comparative studies in the USA, Switzerland, and South Korea). Our sample consists of 114 parent-child dyads (parent ≥ 90; child ≥ 65) from the greater Boston area with whom we conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews. Our mixed-method data collection focused on the parent-child relationship, as well as parent/child health, life and care situation, and daily life experiences/coping. In addition, interviews were conducted with 100 children (≥ 65) who cared for a parent with dementia. Several articles on findings have already been published, but further data analyses and manuscript preparation are still in progress.

Kim, Y. K., Kim, K., Jopp, D. S., & Boerner, K. (2023). Dyadic analysis of very old parents’ and their children’s interdependence and self-perceptions of aging. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 40(1), 311-332.

Boerner, K., Kim, Y. K., Gallagher, E., Kim, K., & Jopp, D. S. (2022). “I’m getting older too”: Challenges and benefits experienced by very old parents and their children. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 41(3), 769-779.

Boerner, K., Kim, K., Kim, Y. K, & Jopp, D. S. (2022). Support exchanges among very old parents and their children: Findings from the Boston Aging Together Study. The Gerontologist, 62(3), 375–384.


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