Successful aging: Concepts, reflections and its relevance to Asia

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

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This chapter reviews the conceptual underpinnings of successful aging and related concepts including productive aging, healthy aging, and active aging. Specific focus was placed on Rowe and Kahn’s model of successful aging and the controversies around the concept, with particular emphasis on the model’s limitations when being applied to developing countries where access to healthcare is often limited, and Asian cultures which tend to espouse a more holistic view of health and wellness. We argue that successful aging needs to be viewed within the broader social and cultural contexts and has to incorporate psychological, social, and physical dimensions. Finally, we discuss the organization of the book and provide a sketch of the four parts to follow. Copyright © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSuccessful aging: Asian perspectives
EditorsSheung-Tak CHENG, Iris CHI, Hoi Lam Helene FUNG, Lydia W. LI, Jean WOO
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
ISBN (Electronic)9789401793315
ISBN (Print)9789401793308
Publication statusPublished - 2015


Cheng, S.-T., Fung, H. H., Li, L. W., Li, T., Woo, J., & Chi, I. (2015). Successful aging: Concepts, reflections and its relevance to Asia. In S.-T. Cheng, I. Chi, H. H. Fung, L. W. Li, & J. Woo (Eds.), Successful aging: Asian perspectives (pp. 1-18). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.


  • Successful aging
  • Productive aging
  • Healthy aging
  • Active aging
  • Asia


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