The German Centre of Gerontology (the acronym DZA comes from its German name “Deutsches Zentrum fuer Altersfragen”) is a scientific research centre with the focus on the investigation of the living arrangements, life situations, and life-styles of ageing people in the societal and policy context. The statutes of the institute state its purpose as being to “increase, collect, evaluate, process and disseminate knowledge about the living arrangements of ageing and old people in order to use this knowledge for scientifically independent consultation in respect to the challenges of an ageing population for society and social policy”.

The DZA is organized in three


Using the methods of social and behavioural ageing research the living conditions of the ageing and old are analysed. Research projects are conducted regarding the topics work and retirement, economy of old age, health and social care, family and social relations, and societal participation. Based on this research, the DZA conducts social reporting and independent policy consulting. The DZA offers information services for the public. The Research Data Centre (FDZ-DZA) provides access to the micro-data of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS) and the German Survey on Volunteering (FWS) to scholars for non-commercial purposes and advise potential users of how to best deploy the DEAS or FWS data for their research goals. GeroStat is an electronic information system for gerontological and demographic issues in social research, social reporting and social policy. It provides a significant collection of statistical data, additional contextual information and statistical reports relevant to social gerontology.

Furthermore, the sociogerontological specialised library is one of the information serivces of the DZA to the public. The holdings of the library can be found at the Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund (GBV, Joint Library System).

The DZA is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend). In addition, projects are funded from other sources. In the years 2001 to 2003 the building of the DZA was completed modernised. Library and offices are accessible without barriers.