Adjustment to Aging: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

  • Sofia von Humboldt
Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 15)


Chapter 6 analyzes adjustment to aging as a multidimensional experience from the viewpoint of cultural context. Since the connection between culture and adjustment to aging is increasingly multifaceted, Chap. 6 discusses cultural diversity, and in which way, this may influence the process of aging and relevant cross-cultural dynamics for the process of adjustment to aging. Moreover, a debate about the aged as a cultural group is included in this chapter. This chapter also offers a discussion about cultural differences that are present in older adults’ perspectives of their own adjustment to aging, concerning sense of purpose and ambitions, body and health, zest and spirituality, aging in place and social support, and concludes with the potentials and limitations of different methodologies in measuring adjustment to aging across cultures. To date, there has been insufficient cross-cultural comparison concerning the measurement of adjustment to aging in different older groups. This chapter makes a case for considering cultural questions about adjustment to aging as critical for the well-being of old people and that, by exploring these issues in greater depth, a cross-cultural value of aging well will be integrated in future policies, institutional programs and health care interventions with older adults in different cultural settings.


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