Successful aging in Asia: A concerted effort of the state, the family, and the individual

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

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In contrast to mainstream and Western models of successful aging with an emphasis on individual responsibility and agency, Asian cultures have strong collectivistic values and models of successful aging need to move away from purely individualistic paradigms. The family has been playing a major role in supporting individuals to age successfully. Nevertheless, demographic changes have put strains on the family system, which has been undergoing changes as industrialization and modernization progress in this region. We discuss changing relationships among the State, the family, and the individual in Asia, and the demand for greater state involvement to meet the needs of older persons and support families to continue their traditional role. Finally, we highlight key research and policy directions that are urgently needed in the region. 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


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Cheng, S.-T., Li, L. W., Woo, J., Chi, I., & Fung, H. H. (2015). Successful aging in Asia: A concerted effort of the state, the family, and the individual. In S.-T. Cheng, I. Chi, H. H. Fung, L. W. Li, & J. Woo (Eds.), Successful aging: Asian perspectives (pp. 339-346). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.


  • Successful aging
  • Asia
  • Sociocultural contexts
  • Social policy and program