Mistakes, Errors, and Failures in the Cultural Context of Aging

  • Sofia von Humboldt


The increase of longevity of and within the older global population itself is incrementing the proportion of older adults. Looking at the worldwide diversity in population aging implies that this concept is seen through different cultural presuppositions.

Although an incidence on the role of culture in aging is not novel, different cultural interactions strengthen the pertinence of exploring mistakes, errors, and failures in the cultural context of aging well.

Diverse aging perceptions in different cultures influence the use of that information to build accurate culturally sensitive measures. Moreover, an appropriate response to distortions and conventions in communication with cross-cultural older adults in policy interventions and an awareness of possible drawbacks in the interpretation of the outcomes point out relevant innate challenges when working cross-culturally in old age. Cultural concerns concerning the communicative style, emotional states, awareness of the intervention format, and the local hierarchy of values (e.g., socially desirable viewpoints) may invalidate research and policy interventions among older populations. The present chapter discusses mistakes, errors, and failures in the cultural context of research, policy, and interventions in old age. The chapter will conclude with a discussion of future suggestions for research and policy interventions.


Mistakes Errors Failures Interventions Mistakes Policy Older adults Research 


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  • Sofia von Humboldt
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  1. 1.William James Research CenterISPA – Instituto UniversitárioAlmadaPortugal

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