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Healthy Aging and Aging Well

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Aging is an unavoidable part of the normal life course of every human being. Only in the last century, the global average human life expectancy has more than doubled. However, are all these older adults experiencing healthy aging, especially those suffering from one or more chronic disorders? How are they passing their days within families or in different institutional environments, such as assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or hospitals? How do social relationships contribute to maintaining their dignity? Unfortunately, older adults, particularly those who have chronic diseases, in our present socioeconomic structures are sometimes perceived as a burden to their family members and are particularly vulnerable to abuse, even by their close ones. As a result, they have found themselves to be very lonely in their surrounding world. On the other hand, it has also been found that education and a disciplined lifestyle are necessary to achieve healthy aging. It can also be stated that aging will be healthy if the older adults sacrifice properly in their later years; the expectation of a huge outcome from later life is not wise. This chapter discusses how different determinants influence the outcome of aging in our life course.

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  • Healthy aging
  • Chronic disorders
  • Abuse
  • Aging outcome

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Bhattacharyya, K.K. (2021). Healthy Aging and Aging Well. In: Rethinking the Aging Transition. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-88870-1_4

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