Journal Article

Cohort changes in the incidence of care need in West Germany between 1986 and 2005

Ziegler, U., Doblhammer-Reiter, G.

European Journal of Population, 24:4, 347-362 (2008)


In Germany, the share of the older population has been continuously growing. Is the increase paralleled by a rising number of frail people, however? In search of an answer, we analyse the development of care need incidence in West Germany between 1986 and 2005 on the basis of longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). The results show a lower transition risk to care need for each successive cohort when all degrees of care need are taken into account. However, no change occurs when only severe care need is measured.