Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. h. c. Dipl.-Psych.

Andreas Kruse

Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg

Focus of the Commitment in the German Ethics Council

  • Categories of a good life
  • Quality of life (research and transfer into practice)
  • Living in borderline situations
  • Fairness of supply
  • Aging and old age
  • Rehabilitation
  • Palliative care, end of life care

Contact for Press Enquiries on the Following Topics

  • Ethical, political, cultural and social issues of ageing and old age
  • Managing demographic change
  • Palliative care

Born in 1955

Professional Background

  • 2007-2011 Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies at the University of Heidelberg
  • 2000-2007 Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies at the University of Heidelberg
  • Since 1997 Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Heidelberg
  • 1993-1997 Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of the Institute of Psychology at the University of Greifswald
  • 1991-1993 Visiting Professorships at Freie University Berlin and at the University of Heidelberg
  • 1991 Habilitation in Psychology at the University of Heidelberg
  • 1986-1991 Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Heidelberg
  • 1986 PhD in Psychology at the University of Bonn
  • 1982-1986 Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Bonn
  • Studies of Psychology, Philosophy, Psychopathology and Music at the Universities of Aachen and Cologne as well as at the State Conservatory of Cologne

Memberships

  • Since 2016 Member of the German Ethics Council, 2016-2018 Vice-Chair
  • 2012-2014 Member of the Commission of the Federal Government for the Report on Disabled Persons
  • 2011-2013 Member of the Future Commission of the Federal Chancellor
  • 2010-2012 Member of the Commission of the Federal Government for the Report on Families
  • 2009-2014 Member of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany
  • 2006-2009 Chair of the Experts Commission of the Evangelical Church in Germany on Ageing
  • 2003-2020 and 1998-2000 Chair of the Commission of the Federal Government for the Report on the Elderly
  • 2000-2002 Member of the Commission of the United Nations to introduce an International Plan of Action on Ageing

Distinctions

  • Dr. h.c. of the University of Osnabrück
  • Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded by the Federal President Prof. Köhler personally for his research on intergenerational relations
  • International and national research awards (including: First Presidential Award of the International Association of Gerontology, Max Bürger Prize of the German Society for Gerontology and Geriatrics)

Publications (Selection)

  • Kruse, A. (forthcoming): Der alte Mensch am Ende seines Lebens: Eine psychologische, existenzielle und ethische Näherung. Stuttgart.
  • Pantel, J. et al. (ed.) (2020): Altersmedizin. Geriatrie – Gerontopsychiatrie – Gerontologie. Stuttgart.
  • Kruse, A. (2017). Das hohe Alter: Verletzlichkeit und Reife. Heidelberg.
  • Kruse, A. (2015): Resilienz im Alter. Was wir von Johann Sebastian Bach lernen können. Heidelberg.
  • Kruse, A. (2014): Die Grenzgänge des Johann Sebastian Bach – Psychologische Einblicke (2nd edition). Heidelberg.
  • Kruse, A.; Maio, G.; Althammer, J. (2014): Humanität einer alternden Gesellschaft. Paderborn.
  • Wahl, H. W.; Kruse, A. (ed.) (2014): Lebensläufe im Wandel - Entwicklung über die Lebensspanne aus Sicht verschiedener Disziplinen. Stuttgart.
  • Rentsch, T.; Zimmermann, H.-P.; Kruse, A. (ed.) (2014): Altern in unserer Zeit – Späte Lebensphase zwischen Vitalität und Endlichkeit. Heidelberg.
  • Kruse, A. (2013): Alternde Gesellschaft – eine Bedrohung? Ein Gegenentwurf. Freiburg.
  • Kruse, A. (Hg.) (2012): Gutes Leben im hohen Alter. Heidelberg.
  • Kruse, A. (Hg.) (2011): Kreativität im Alter. Heidelberg.
  • Becker, S.; Kaspar, R.; Kruse, A. (2010): H.I.L.DE. – Heidelberger Instrument zur Erfassung der Lebensqualität demenzkranker Menschen. Bern.
  • Kruse, A. (Hg.) (2010): Lebensqualität bei Demenz? Heidelberg.
  • Kruse, A. (Hg.) (2010): Potenziale im Altern. Heidelberg.
  • Fuchs, T., Kruse, A., Schwarzkopf, G. (ed.) (2009): Menschenbild und Menschenwürde am Ende des Lebens. Heidelberg.
  • Kruse, A.; Wahl, H.-W. (2009): Zukunft Altern. Individuelle und gesellschaftliche Weichenstellungen. Heidelberg.
  • Kruse, A. (2008): Alter. Freiburg im Breisgau.
  • Kruse, A. (2007): Das letzte Lebensjahr. Die körperliche, psychische und soziale Situation des alten Menschen am Ende seines Lebens. Stuttgart.
  • Heuft, G.; Kruse, A.; Radebold, H. (2006): Gerontopsychosomatik und Alterspsychotherapie. München.
  • Kruse, A. (2002): Gesund altern. Stand der Präventionsforschung und Entwicklung von Präventionsstrategien. Baden-Baden.
  • Kruse, A.; Schmitt, E. (2000): Wir haben uns als Deutsche gefühlt. Lebensrückblick und Lebenssituation ehemaliger jüdischer Emigranten und Lagerhäftlinge. Darmstadt.