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Active Ageing in Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Alan Walker, Christian Aspalter


202 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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East Asian societies are changing rapidly, and one of the most important facets of this transformation is population the ageing. of society. "Active ageing" is one of the few concepts available today to effectively address the problems arising from a highly-aged and, particularly in East Asia, fast-ageing society, offering a new social policy paradigm to redirect and innovate new social policies, particularly social services, social transfers, social regulations and laws, towards more investment in and support of the fast rising number of olderelderly citizens.

This book focuses on the experiences of East Asian societies where active ageing has been implemented. It presents a thorough analysis of the concept of active ageing and its potential and problems of implementations in different stages of development in East Asia, whilst providing theoretical clarity to, and broadening the concept of, active ageing. Further, the country-focused case studies explore how to design, pursue, measure and evaluate social policies, highlight the problems related to the implementation of the concept of active ageing in social policy and outline the practical implications of active ageing theory forin policy making.

Active Ageing in Asia will appeal to students and scholars of social and public policy, social work, gerontology and health and social administration, as well as to policy makers working in the field.


"Regardless of a country’s stage of development, the authors have provided a blueprint for active aging policy-making that all countries can use. In offering this blueprint, they have essentially broadened the definition of active aging by examining and challenging how aging is viewed and assessed around the world, specifically throughout East Asia. A significant, much-needed addition to the literature and discourse on aging that has been long overdue. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." - A.L. Lewis, University of Arkansas Monticello, in CHOICE, September 2015

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Christian Aspalter and Alan Walker 2. The Concept of Active Ageing, Alan Walker 3. New Perspectives for Active Ageing: The Normative Approach of Developmental Social Policy, Christian Aspalter 4. Active Ageing in South Korea, Sung-Jae Choi 5. Active Ageing in Taiwan, Wan-I Lin 6. Active Ageing in Hong Kong, Joe C.B. Leung 7. Active Ageing in Mainland China, Vivian W.Q. Lou 8. Active Ageing in Malaysia: Sharifah Norazizan Syed Abdul Rashid 9. Active Ageing in Singapore, Kalyani K. Mehta 10. Active Ageing in Indonesia, Evi Nurvidya Arifin 11. Conclusion: The Way Forward for Active Ageing, Alan Walker and Christian Aspalter

About the Editors

Alan Walker is Professor of Social Policy and Social Geroentology at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Christian Aspalter is Professor of Social Policy at Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, Hong Kong.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social Welfare in Asia

This series focuses on social welfare problems and solutions, practices and theories in all of Asia, relying on a strong and wide network of academic organizations and experts in social work and social policy. Including books on health care, old-age security, family and child welfare, gender and social welfare, social policy in general, social work in general, as well as more specialized topics like international disaster relief and long-term care services.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gerontology