Ageing & Longevity


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health refers to the physical, mental and social wellbeing of people. Healthy ageing is defined as developing and maintaining optimal health and functions in older adults in a society. It can be achieved through the safeguard of communities, active promotion of health and wellbeing, healthcare services and various community programmes.

A policy for active ageing is a public policy that aims to extend healthy life expectancies and quality of life for all people as they age.

This guide consists of a general list of Internet resources, books and eBooks about healthy ageing. They are available online and at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library. Readers with an interest in this subject are recommended to search online and the NLB catalogue for more information.

Search Terms Call Numbers
Retirement 306.3, 331.25, 332.024
Social problems and services 361.060
Old age, older people, ageing, disorders 362.6
Healthy ageing, active ageing 612, 613
Wellbeing 615
Caring, care giving 616.7



(listed in alphabetical order)

  • Cheng, S. (Ed.). (2015). Successful ageing: Asian perspectives. Dordrecht: Springer.
    Call no.: R 305.26095 SUC
    The authors examine the ageing process within the Asian and Western contexts of cultural values, lifestyles, physical environments and family structures. In addition, it explores how to add quality to help prolong life by finding ways to preserve cognition, maximise functioning and maintaining emotional well-being.



  • Klassen, T. R., & Yang, Y. (Eds.). (2014). Korea’s retirement predicament: The ageing tiger. London; New York: Routledge.
    Call no.: R 306.38095195 KOR
    Using a multi-disciplinary and comparative approach, the authors study contractual mandatory retirement trends and policies in South Korea, and in doing so illuminate the political, social, legal, economic and labour market implications of this widespread practice.


  • Lodge, C., Carnell, E., & Coleman, M. (2016). The new age of ageing: How society needs to change. Bristol; Chicago, IL: Policy Press.
    Call no.: R 305.26 LOD
    The authors conducted fifty interviews with people aged fifty to ninety and proved that ageing is a process of learning, joy, political engagement, challenge and achievement. He presents and makes readers understand both the difficulties and possibilities of ageing. A society that takes better care of older people is better for everyone.


  • McFadden, S. H. & McFadden, J. T. (2014). Ageing together: Dementia, friendship, and flourishing communities. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
    Call no.: R 362.19683 MAC
    Rather than categorising elders based on their cognitive consciousness, the authors contend that the only humanistic, supportive, and realistic approach is to find new ways to honour and recognise the dignity, worth, and personhood of those journeying into dementia.


  • Schaie, K. W. et. al. (Eds.). (2016). Handbook of the psychology of aging. Amsterdam; Boston: Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier.
    Call no.: R 155.67 HAN
    This book tackles the biological and environmental influences on behaviour as well as the reciprocal interface between changes in the brain and behaviour during the course of the adult life span.


  • Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2014). Introduction to the psychology of ageing for non-specialists. London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
    Call no.: R 155.67 STU
    The author touches on aspects of ageing, life expectancy and demographics. He explains the key issues on providing care for older people that have the most impact on people’s lives.



(listed in alphabetical order)



  • Carozza, L. S. (2015). Communication and ageing: Creative approaches to improving the quality of life.  San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing, Inc. Retrieved from Proquest Ebook Central.
    The author provides an alternative approach to improve the quality of life of individuals with long-term chronic communication diseases. He also examines how professionals can inspire and plan programmes that allow patients to live successfully with their disorders. This book begins with chapters focused on communication issues (speech, hearing, voice, language, etc.) associated with ageing and neurogenic diseases, then transitions into an overview of creative approaches for improving the quality of life in individuals affected by such communication issues.



  • Dobson, W,. & Safarian, A. E. (Eds.). (2016). East Asia in transition: Economic and security challenges. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press.  Retrieved from DeGruyter publishing ebook collection.
    Focuses on key business issues facing East Asia that corporations and governments should understand, including regionalisation initiatives, obstacles to continued rapid growth in China, ageing and pension reform and the changing security environment.


  • Fossel, M., Blackburn, G., & Woynarowski, D.  (2011). The immortality edge: Realise the secrets of your telomeres for a longer, healthier life. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. Retrieved from NetLibrary (eBooks on Ebscohost).
    This book includes a prescriptive programme for longevity by slowing telomere shortening and rejuvenating cells through alterations in nutrition habits, eating plan and other lifestyle changes.


  • Hash, K. M., Jurkowski, E. T., & Krout. J. A. (2014). Ageing in rural places: Programs, policies, and professional practice. New York: Springer Publishing Company.  Retrieved from Proquest Ebook Central.
    Presents research done by health and human service professionals with older rural residents and highlights the distinct and unique vulnerabilities that impact the ageing population, specifically those living in rural places. Key issues examined include health and wellness, transportation, housing, long-term care, income, employment and retirement.


  • Heckles, J. P., & Bergin, L. M. (Eds.). (2011). Ageing issues, health and financial alternatives: Ageing mental aspects, social welfare and health.  New York: Nova Science Pub Inc. Retrieved from Proquest Ebook Central.
    The authors present topical research in the study of the mental aspects, social welfare and health of the ageing population. Topics discussed include assessing the quality of life of the elderly population; age-related ophthalmic disease; assessment of the at-risk older driver; social services for the elderly in Hong Kong; increased lifespan for people with intellectual disabilities and locomotor disability in the aged.


  • Hollwich, M. (2016). New ageing: Live smarter now to live better forever. New York: Penguin Publishing Group. Retrieved from Overdrive: Digital media collection.
    Hollwich finds ways to shape living spaces and communities to make ageing a graceful and fulfilling aspect of human lives.


  • Jenkins, C., Ginesi, L., & Keenan, B. (2016). Dementia care at a glance. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from Overdrive: Digital media collection.
    The book covers the common forms and manifestations of dementia, their causes and how to address them. It also includes a wide range of topics such as interventions, communication, care planning, medication, therapy, leadership as well as ethical and legal issues.


  • Kampfe, C. M. (2014). Counseling older people: Opportunities and challenges. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.  Retrieved from Proquest Ebook Central.
    This book provides insight into the primary issues faced by older adults; the services and benefits available to them; and the knowledge base and skills necessary to work effectively in a therapeutic relationship.


  • Keyes, C. L. M., & Fry, P. S. (2010). New frontiers in sesilient ageing: Life-strengths and well-being in late life. New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from NetLibrary (eBooks on Ebscohost).
    Leading gerontologists and geriatric researchers explore the immense potential of older adults to overcome the challenges of old age and pursue active lives with renewed vitality.


  • Kolb, P. (2003). Caring for our elders: Multicultural experiences with nursing home placement. New York: Columbia University Press. Retrieved from DeGruyter publishing ebook collection.
    This book describes the experiences of residents and their relatives and friends who have been their caregivers across racial and ethnic backgrounds and dispels numerous myths about how various ethnic groups handle nursing home placement.


  • Kunkel, S. R., Brown, J. S., & Whittington, F. J.  (2014). Global ageing: Comparative Perspectives on Ageing and the Life Course (1st ed.). New York: Springer Publishing Company.  Retrieved from Proquest Ebook Central.
    Explores the major topics in social gerontology worldwide and the demands that the ageing population places on a society.


  • Kunkel, S. R., & Morgan, L. A. (2015).  Ageing, society and the life course (5th ed.). New York: Springer Publishing Company.  Retrieved from Proquest Ebook Central.
    The authors describe important changes in the field of social gerontology and the growth in such topics as diversity, global ageing and the life course. It addresses major shifts in public policy, social institutions, and ageing-related programming initiatives. It focuses strongly on the changing landscape of ageing, particularly in regard to social engagement, employment and lifelong learning, enhanced health and independence and livable communities for people of all ages. It also includes new information on the Affordable Care Act and end-of-life issues.


  • Leung, J. C. B., & Xu, Y. (2017). China’s social welfare: The third turning point. Cambridge: Polity Press. Retrieved from Overdrive: Digital media collection.
    The authors present the formidable social challenges ahead for China’s social welfare including demographic shifts, residential migration, and corrosive inequalities. It also outlines the emerging forms of social security protection in urban and rural areas, community-based social care services, non-governmental organisations and the social work profession.



  • Meyer, C. L. et. al. (2017). Explaining suicide: Patterns, motivations, and what notes reveal. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Academic Press. Retrieved from Overdrive: Digital media collection.
    The book reveals that suicide is motivated by interpersonal violence, substance abuse, physical pain, grief, feelings of failure and mental illness. These are some factors that lead old people to suicide. Additionally, it discusses other risk factors, what differentiates suicide attempters from suicide completers and lastly what might serve as protective factors toward resilience.


  • National Research Council. (2012). Ageing in Asia: Findings from new and emerging data initiatives. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.  Retrieved from  Proquest Ebook Central.
    Presents a peer-reviewed collection of conferences papers from China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Thailand that highlight the contributions from new and emerging data initiatives in the region and cover subject areas such as economic growth, labour markets and consumption; family roles and responsibilities and labour markets and consumption.


  • Sugar, J. A., et al. (Eds.). (2013). Introduction to ageing: A positive, interdisciplinary approach. New York: Springer Publishing Company.  Retrieved from Proquest Ebook Central.
    This book dispels many of the myths about ageing through careful reporting of facts, issues and trends. It sheds a positive light on the elderly and the near old as a diverse, capable subset of our population. Also covers discussions of the roles in the family, workplace, and greater society along with physical changes, health, sexuality, living environment, work, retirement and the challenges and opportunities faced by the ageing population.


  • Weil, A. (2005). Healthy ageing: A lifelong guide to your well-being. New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Retrieved from Overdrive: Digital media collection.
    Weil discusses the science of biogerontology as well as the secrets of healthy longevity.



(listed in alphabetical order)


  • Aiello, A., et al. (2016, May 21). Nutrigerontology: A key for achieving successful ageing and longevity. Retrieved April 7, 2017, from PubMed Central website:
    The study demonstrates the positive effects of nutraceuticals, functional foods and the Mediterranean Diet on several biological parameters that prevent many age-related diseases.



  • Heshmati, A. (2016, April). The economics of healthy ageing in China. Retrieved April 7, 2017, from The Royal Institute of technology, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS), Sweden website:
    The study focuses on strategies for healthy ageing, policy practices and measures, organisation, finances and manpower resources to promote healthy ageing in China. Heshmati presents the latest theories and methods applied to household surveys and population statistics pertaining to resource requirements and estimates the social and economic benefits of having policies and measures for healthy ageing.


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Hameedah M Ibrahim
The information in this resource guide is valid as at July 2017 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history on the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

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Written by Hameedah M Ibrahim