By Sheung-Tak Cheng, Iris Chi, Helene H. Fung, Lydia W. Li, Jean Woo

This booklet brings jointly cutting-edge learn on profitable getting older in Asian populations and highlights how the standards that give a contribution to winning getting older range from these within the West. It examines the diversities among the Asian and Western contexts within which the getting older approach unfolds, together with cultural values, existence, actual environments and relations constructions. furthermore, it examines the query of ways so as to add caliber to longer years of lifestyles. in particular, it appears at how one can advertise health and wellbeing, guard cognition, maximize functioning with social aid and hold emotional wellbeing and fitness regardless of inevitable declines and losses. in comparison to different components of the realm, Asia will age extra speedy as a result of fast socioeconomic advancements resulting in emerging durability and traditionally low fertility premiums in a few nations. those demographic forces in gigantic populations akin to China are anticipated to make Asia the most driving force of worldwide getting older within the coming a long time. for that reason, researchers, pros, policymakers, in addition to the industrial zone, in either East and West, are more and more drawn to gaining a deeper realizing of getting older in Asia.

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But income inequalities in rural areas are slightly higher than that in urban areas. Rural households relying on farming as the only source of income are likely to be in the lower socioeconomic strata compared to those with some engagement in non-farm economic activities (Luo & Zhu). , 1994). There are three competing hypotheses regarding the relationship between socioeconomic status and health as one ages. The first is the divergent hypothesis, which suggests that disadvantages associated with low SES accrue over the life course to produce large disparities in health in later life (O’Rand, 2006).

2010). The effect of maintaining cognition on risk of disability and death. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(5), 889–894. Chapter 3 Challenges to Successful Aging in Transitional China Lydia W. Li and Jiaan Zhang Introduction The People’s Republic of China (hereafter China) has the largest older population on earth as well as one of the fastest rates of population aging in human history, which makes successful aging a very relevant topic (Kinsella & He, 2009). , 1997). To policymakers, morbidity and disability in older people are a major concern because they have implications for health care costs and long-term support and services.

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