Successful aging: Asian perspectives

Sheung-Tak CHENG (Editor), Iris CHI (Editor), Hoi Lam Helene FUNG (Editor), Lydia W. LI (Editor), Jean WOO (Editor)

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This book brings together state-of-the-art research on successful aging in Asian populations and highlights how the factors that contribute to successful aging differ from those in the West. It examines the differences between the Asian and Western contexts in which the aging process unfolds, including cultural values, lifestyles, physical environments and family structures. In addition, it examines the question of how to add quality to longer years of life. Specifically, it looks at ways to promote health, preserve cognition, maximize functioning with social support and maintain emotional well-being despite inevitable declines and losses. Compared to other parts of the world, Asia will age more quickly as a result of the rapid socioeconomic developments leading to rising longevity and historically low fertility rates in some countries. These demographic forces in vast populations such as China are expected to make Asia the main driver of global aging in the coming decades. As a result, researchers, professionals, policymakers, as well as the commercial sector, in both East and West, are increasingly interested in gaining a deeper understanding of aging in Asia. Copyright © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
ISBN (Electronic)9789401793315
ISBN (Print)9789401793308
Publication statusPublished - 2015


Cheng, S.-T., Chi, I., Fung, H. H., Li, L. W., & Woo, J. (Eds.). (2015). Successful aging: Asian perspectives. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.


  • Cross-cultural differences in attitudes about aging
  • Determinants of successful aging in Singapore
  • Family structures in Asia
  • Health and aging in Asia
  • Physical activity in successful aging
  • Physical environments in Asia
  • Pursuit of emotionally meaningful goals
  • Social networks in Asia
  • Successful aging in Asian populations
  • Successful aging in Japan
  • Well-being in Asia


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