Successful Aging

Asian Perspectives

  • Sheung-Tak Cheng
  • Iris Chi
  • Helene H. Fung
  • Lydia W. Li
  • Jean Woo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Sheung-Tak Cheng, Helene H. Fung, Lydia W. Li, Tianyuan Li, Jean Woo, Iris Chi
    Pages 1-18
  3. Social Contexts of Successful Aging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Sheung-Tak Cheng
      Pages 21-32
    3. Lydia W. Li, Jiaan Zhang
      Pages 33-50
    4. Suk-Young Kang, JeungKun Kim
      Pages 51-64
    5. Vanessa Yong, Yuka Minagawa, Yasuhiko Saito
      Pages 81-97
  4. Family and Social Relationships

  5. Optimizing Physical & Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Ruby Yu, Pui Hing Chau, Jean Woo
      Pages 211-229
    3. Kris Yuet-Wan Lok, Ruth Suk-Mei Chan, Jean Woo
      Pages 231-250
    4. Jean Woo, Forest Yau, Ruby Yu
      Pages 251-267
    5. Linda C. W. Lam, Wai C. Chan
      Pages 269-279
  6. Emotional Resilience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Corinna E. Löckenhoff, Diana S. Lee, Katherine M. L. Buckner, Rashidat O. Moreira, Stephanie J. Martinez, Mary Q. Sun
      Pages 321-337
    3. Sheung-Tak Cheng, Lydia W. Li, Jean Woo, Iris Chi, Helene H. Fung
      Pages 339-346
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 347-349

About this book


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.


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

Editors and affiliations

  • Sheung-Tak Cheng
    • 1
  • Iris Chi
    • 2
  • Helene H. Fung
    • 3
  • Lydia W. Li
    • 4
  • Jean Woo
    • 5
  1. 1.Dept. of Health and Physical EducationThe Hong Kong Institute of EducationTai PoHong Kong SAR
  2. 2.School of Social WorkUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong SAR
  4. 4.School of Social WorkUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  5. 5.Dept. of Medicine and TherapeuticsThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong SAR

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