The Collective Spirit of Aging Across Cultures

  • Halaevalu F.Ofahengaue Vakalahi
  • Gaynell M. Simpson
  • Nancy Giunta

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Gaynell M. Simpson, Nancy Giunta, Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi
    Pages 1-5
  3. Pamela B. Teaster, Debra A. Harley, Amani Kettaneh
    Pages 41-64
  4. Nancy Giunta, Stephanie A. Jacobson
    Pages 87-110
  5. Debra A. Harley, Kim L. Stansbury, Marva Nelson, Christina T. Espinosa
    Pages 133-155
  6. Cheryl Waites, Angela Kaiser, Fayetta Martin
    Pages 191-205
  7. Kimberly Yancey, Tamika Baldwin, Ama R. Saran, Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi
    Pages 207-228
  8. Nancy Giunta, Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi, Gaynell M. Simpson
    Pages 273-277
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 279-286

About this book


The collective, inclusive, and intersectional framework used in this book speaks to the significance of understanding aging across diverse cultures from multiple perspectives, but still as a shared human experience.   The underlying message of the book is that although we are unique and different in our aging processes, we are ultimately connected through this physical, mental and spiritual experience of aging.  Thus, regardless of whether we are service providers, service recipients, educators or merely fellow human beings, it is important that we approach the aging experience through a collective lens for discovering and sharing resources as we age; honoring the past while simultaneously accepting that the future is here.  A few select examples of key findings from this collaborative work are as follows.  First, despite progress in the field, certain issues remain to be addressed including the challenges of racism and sexism, mistreatment, the digital divide, poverty, and other social and economic crises in urban and rural communities as they relate to our aging population.  Second, the need for sustaining a sense of independence among the aged and interdependence among supportive systems is warranted.  Third, our elders continue to benefit from culturally competent services community-based health interventions and social services that addresses normative and emerging challenges for them.  Fourth, spirituality in both indigenous and contemporary perspectives remains important for our elders’ development and quality of life. 


African American lesbian elders Aging across cultures and populations Aging and eldercare Aging and gerontology Aging and mistreatment Aging in the urban environment Diverse aging communities Healthy aging Human-animal bond Long term short term care Mental health and aging Mental health disparities Minority and immigration status Multicultural aging Racism and sexism Social context Spirituality and religion Urban and Rural communities Victimization of older adults

Editors and affiliations

  • Halaevalu F.Ofahengaue Vakalahi
    • 1
  • Gaynell M. Simpson
    • 2
  • Nancy Giunta
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social WorkMorgan State UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  3. 3.Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter CollegeThe City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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