Global aging: Challenges for community psychology

Sheung-Tak CHENG, Kenneth HELLER

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Older persons are among the major marginalized, disenfranchised citizens worldwide, yet this group has generally been ignored in the community psychology literature. In this paper, we trace the demographic trends in aging worldwide, and draw the field's attention to the United Nations Program on Aging, which structures its policy recommendations in terms of concepts that are familiar to community psychologists. A central theme of the paper is that community psychology can have a role in producing the conceptual shifts needed to change societal attitudes now dominated by negative age stereotypes. Copyright © 2009 Society for Community Research and Action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-173
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009


Cheng, S.-T., & Heller, K. (2009). Global aging: Challenges for community psychology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 44(1-2), 161-173. doi: 10.1007/s10464-009-9244-x


  • Aging population
  • Aged
  • Elders
  • Elderly
  • Attitudes toward older adults
  • Active social roles
  • Aging and poverty
  • Community psychology


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