Healthy Ageing: Focus on Social Capital

  • Fredrica NyqvistEmail author
  • Anna K. Forsman
Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 11)


This chapter provides an overview of the central theme in this volume: the relevance of social capital for health and well-being within various contexts or environments. The ongoing greying of populations is today a worldwide challenge. To keep older people active and healthy is a key policy objective as well as a topic highlighted in research. Active and healthy ageing is highly influenced by the social environment in which an older person lives, and a research focus on social capital offers a way for understanding the relevance of the social environment on the micro (individual), meso (neighbourhood) and macro (societal) level. Social capital is a resource that can be used to promote health and well-being; yet research has thus far largely ignored the relevance of social capital for older people. This chapter addresses the central social capital themes of this book by describing three different contextual views of social capital: the individual, neighbourhood and societal contexts.


Social Capital Social Participation Healthy Ageing Neighbourhood Context European Social Survey 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Study Programme in Social Sciences, Social PolicyÅbo Akademi UniversityVaasaFinland
  2. 2.Mental Health Promotion UnitNational Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)VaasaFinland
  3. 3.Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Study Programme in Social Sciences, Developmental PsychologyÅbo Akademi UniversityVaasaFinland

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