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 Sundstrom 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