More and more people are reaching old and very old age in Germany. However, little is known about their living situations. The German Survey on Old Age: Old Age in Germany (D80+) therefore investigated the living situations and quality of life of people aged 80 and over. The D80+ survey for the very old was a population-representative survey in which people in private households and institutions aged 80 and over were interviewed.

The project ran from 01/2019 to 03/2023. The results of the study were incorporated into several short reports:

The short reports will soon be published with accompanying information on the D80+ study in the form of an open access publication on the project: Roman Kaspar, Julia Simonson, Clemens Tesch-Römer, Michael Wagner, Susanne Zank (Hrsg.) (2023). Hohes Alter in Deutschland. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

The German Survey on Old Age: Old Age in Germany (D80+) was funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). It was conducted jointly by researchers from the German Centre of Gerontology and ceres – Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health  at the University of Cologne.


Persons involved in the DZA were:

Dr. Julia Simonson

Prof. Dr. Clemens Tesch-Römer

Prof. Dr. Claudia Vogel


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