1st Edition

Healthy Aging in Sociocultural Context

Edited By Andrew E. Scharlach, Kazumi Hoshino Copyright 2013
    152 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    134 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Healthy Aging in Sociocultural Context examines two emerging trends facing countries throughout the world: population aging and population diversity. It makes a unique contribution to our understanding of these timely issues by examining their implications for healthy aging, a topic of increasing importance to policy-makers, planners, researchers, families, and individuals of all ages.

    The book focuses on three countries that provide important examples of these emerging global trends - Japan, Sweden, and the United States. Japan and Sweden are at the forefront in terms of healthy life expectancies, while the United States represents a country with considerable diversity. Examining these three countries together provides a unique opportunity to address questions such as the following: How can we understand differences in healthy life expectancy among different countries? What role might diversity play? And how might these effects change as geographic mobility increases diversity, even among societies that historically have been relatively homogeneous?

    Part 1: Healthy Aging and Policy Implications in the United States  1. Healthy Aging in Community Context  Andrew E. Scharlach  2. Healthy Aging in the United States  William A. Satariano  3. Healthy Aging for Diverse Older Adults in the United States  Winston Tseng  Part 2: Healthy Aging and Policy Implications in Sweden  4. Healthy Aging in Sweden  Gerdt Sundström and Mats Thorslund  5. Healthy Aging Among Immigrants in Sweden: What We Know and Need to Find Out  Sandra Torres  Part 3: Healthy Aging and Policy Implications in Japan  6. Health Care System and Policy Implications for Older Adults in Japan  Takeshi Nakagawa and Yasuyuki Gondo  7. Healthy Aging and Intergenerational Intervention in Japan  Takayuki Sasaki  8. Healthy Aging and Policy Implications for Older Immigrants in Japan  Kazumi Hoshino  Part 4: Future Directions  9. Sociocultural Support Model for Healthy Aging for Older Immigrants: Perspectives from the United States, Sweden, and Japan  Kazumi Hoshino  10. Conclusion  Andrew Scharlach and Kazumi Hoshino


    Andrew E. Scharlach is Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging at the University of California at Berkeley.

    Kazumi Hoshino is a Residential Faculty Fellow in the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

    "With the rapid rise in life expectancy seen in many societies around the world, the last two decades have seen the emergence of research which focusses on how healthy people are as they reach old age. This edited book is therefore a timely edition to the literature surrounding healthy aging."Jennifer Baird, Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 34 —2014