1st Edition

Handbook of Asian Aging

By Hyunsook Yoon, Jon Hendricks Copyright 2006
    396 Pages
    by Routledge

    396 Pages
    by Routledge

    In western countries, the rising tide of population aging took 100 years to alter the face of societies, but Asia is experiencing comparable changes in not much more than a quarter of a century. Contributors to "The Handbook of Aging" describe the magnitude of these changes and their effects on the aged and on societies attempting to adapt to the dramatic improvements in life expectancy brought on by rapid economic and social transformations. Asia encompasses a vast reach from Pakistan and India to Japan, the Philippines, and Indonesia, and in this book including Australia. "The Handbook of Aging" provides a framework for making sense of the meeting between reverential views of the elderly and contemporary priorities as Asia arrives at the crossroads. The need for innovative approaches to social policy and personal practices is nowhere more evident than in Asian countries, where modern marketing economies have forced hard political choices. The economic tigers of the Asian-Pacific region experienced the aging of their populations ahead of other Asian countries, but solutions reached during times of financial boom are being re-examined as economies come back to earth, with soft or hard landings. "The Handbook of Asian Aging" provides an atlas of the far-reaching changes that are afoot and that will become even more pronounced in the near future.

    Introduction: The Sweep of Asian Aging: Changing Mores, Changing Policies Jon Hendricks and Hyunsook Yoon

    Part I: Asian Aging in Social Context

     Demography of Aging Across Asia Andrew Mason, Sang-Hyop Lee, and Gerard Russo

     Economic Resources: Implications for Aging Policy in Asia Yung-Ping Chen and John Turner

     The Politics and Policies of Aging, Asian Style Laura Katz Olson

     Culture as the Context of Aging John van Willigen and Densie C. Lewis

    Part II: Economic Status, Work, and Retirement

     Economic Status, Work, and Retirement in China Peng Du

     Economic Resources of the Elderly Within the Japanese Family Nobuko Nagase

     Empowering Older Adults as Key Resources in Development in Malaysia Poo Chang Tan and Nai Peng Tey

     Economic Status, Work, and Retirement Among Korean Elders Sung-Jae Choi

    Part III: Living Arrangements, Family Caregiving, and Social Support

     Living Arrangements and Social Support for Older Adults in India Phoebe Liebig and P. V. Ramamurti

     Living Arrangements and Social Interaction of the Elderly in Taiwan Te-hsiung Sun and Ming-cheng Chang

     Intergenerational Support Mechanisms for Filipino Elderly Mercedes B. Concepcion and Aurora E. Perez

     Welfare Policy for Older Adults and Caregiving Burden in South Korea Ka-Oak Rhee

    Part IV: Health and Long-Term Care

     Health Insurance in South Korea Sang-soo Bae and Tae-jin Lee

     Long-Term Care Insurance in Japan Koichi Hiraoka

     Healthcare and Long-Term Care Financing in Singapore Kai Hong Phua

    Part V: Community Social Services

     Family Support and Community Services for Older Adults in China: Integration and Partnership Joe C. B. Leung

     Community Services for Older People in Australia Hal Kendig and Susan Quine

     Community-Care Services in Japan Daisaku Maeda and Hisanori Ishikawa

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    Hyunsook Yoon, Jon Hendricks