Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Successful Aging 2.0

  • Clemens Tesch-RömerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_479-1



Successful aging can be defined as the optimal solution of challenges tied to the process of growing old as an individual. The term comprises concepts like longevity, functional health, independence, active engagement with life, societal participation, personal growth, life satisfaction, and happiness (Moody 2005). In contrast, the term successful aging 2.0 refers to the societal contexts fostering successful aging on the individual level (Rowe and Kahn 2015).


Successful aging has been one of the most successful concepts of aging research in the last 60 years. Since Robert Havighurst introduced the term (Havighurst 1961, 1963), attempts to uncover the truth of successful aging have resembled the quest for the Golden Fleece. In a seminal paper, Rowe and Kahn set out a definition of successful aging that has been highly influential ever since (Rowe and Kahn 1987). Rowe and Kahn’s (1987)...

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  1. 1.German Centre of GerontologyBerlinGermany

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  1. 1.Department of SociologyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore