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