In the decades ahead, China, like other countries, will have a very large older population, with many older adults relatively healthy and interested in being actively engaged. Productive Aging refers to involvement in society through employment, volunteering, caregiving, education and skill building, or other pathways. Contributions of older adults will be necessary for social and economic development of families, communities, and society. The challenge is how to initiate and build this agenda. To begin to address this challenge, gerontology scholars from seven countries participated in a conference to advance international research and policy innovations in productive aging, with a focus specifically on China. A Chinese leading gerontology scholar, Dr. DU Peng of Renmin University observed that this was the first time Productive Aging was being considered at a national conference or meeting in China.
Project: Productive Aging in China
Morrow-Howell, N., Gao, J., Zou, L., & Xie, Y. (2009). Productive aging conference report (CSD Conference Report No. 09-51). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.