Healthy Aging in a Global Context: Comparing six countries – Ageing International


The present study sought to investigate the perceptions of persons 50 years of age or older in six countries from four continents with regard to World Health Organization defined determinants of healthy, active aging. Data were collected from 238 in-depth interviews with older adults residing in Italy, the United States, Thailand, South Africa, Botswana, and Saudi Arabia. Comparative descriptive analysis was completed for qualitative data provided including socio-demographic and economic conditions of participants. Data was collected about health and social services access and use, social support, daily activities, economic status and sources of financial support. ANOVA findings showed significant differences for activity level, expressions on health and happiness, and overall satisfaction with life between country-level comparison groups. Noticeable variations in the context of what is considered healthy and active aging structure within each country exist.

SOURCE: Karlin, N.J. & Weil, J. “Healthy Aging in a Global Context: Comparing six countries.” Ageing International [First Online:

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