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.

chapter |24 pages


The Sweep of Asian Aging: Changing Mores, Changing Policies

part I|120 pages

Asian Aging in Social Context

chapter Chapter One|42 pages

Demography of Aging Across Asia

chapter Chapter Three|26 pages

The Politics And Policies Of Aging, Asian Style

chapter Chapter Four|28 pages

Culture as the Context of Aging

part II|1 pages

Economic Status, Work, and Retirement

chapter Chapter Five|20 pages

Economic Status, Work, and Retirement in China

part III|84 pages

Living Arrangements, Family Caregiving, and Social Support

part IV|1 pages

Health and Long-Term Care

chapter Chapter Thirteen|16 pages

Health Insurance in South Korea

chapter Chapter Fourteen|28 pages

Long-Term Care Insurance in Japan

chapter Chapter Fifteen|22 pages

Healthcare and Long-Term Care Financing in Singapore

part V|1 pages

Community Social Services

chapter Chapter Seventeen|22 pages

Community Services for Older People in Australia

chapter Chapter Eighteen|16 pages

Community-Care Services in Japan