Risk attitudes are important predictors of various economic decisions and socioeconomic outcomes. Although studies show that peoples’ general willingness to take risks decreases with age, there are few reports on the age dependence of domain-specific risk attitudes. Drawing on the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), this study employs a proxy variable approach to disentangle age from periodic and cohort effects, while allowing the age effect to take a flexible functional form. Our analyses indicate that risk attitudes are domain-specific. Additionally, we show that age-profiles of general rather than domain-specific risk attitudes can lead to misleading results when they are used to predict life outcomes.