As our global demographic shifts towards an increasingly aging population, we have an opportunity to transform how we experience and think about getting older and embrace the diversity and contribution that this population can bring to society. The International Handbook of Positive Aging showcases the latest research and theory into aging, examining the various challenges faced by older adults and the ways in which we can bring a much-needed positive focus towards dealing with these.

The handbook brings together disparate research from medical, academic, economic and social community fields, with contributions from NHS partners, service users, universities across the United Kingdom and collaborations with international research leaders in the field of aging. Divided into sections, the first part of the book focuses on introducing the concept of positive aging before going on to cover the body over the life course, well-being and care delivery. All contributors recognise the fact that we are living longer, which is providing us with a tremendous opportunity to enjoy and flourish in healthy and fulfilling later lives, and this focus on the importance of patient empowerment is integral to the book.

This is a valuable reference source for those working in developmental psychology, clinical psychology, mental health, health sciences, medicine, neuropsychological rehabilitation, sociology, anthropology, social policy and social work. It will help encourage researchers, professionals and policymakers to make the most of opportunities and innovations to promote a person’s sense of independence, dignity, well-being, good health and participation in society as they get older.

part I|35 pages

Introduction to positive aging

chapter 1|2 pages


ByRachael E. Docking, Jennifer Stock

chapter 2|9 pages

What is Positive Aging?

ByJennifer Stock, Pat Schofield, Rachael E. Docking

chapter 3|6 pages

Epidemiology and Aging

ByJohn Foster

chapter 4|15 pages

Positive Aging, Positive Dying

Intersectional and daily communicational issues surrounding palliative and end-of-life care services in minority groups in the United Kingdom and the United States
ByCarlos Moreno-Leguizamon, David Smith, Clarence Spigner

part II|96 pages

The body over the life course

chapter 5|15 pages


ByMichelle Lycke, Lies Pottel, Tom Boterberg, Supriya G. Mohile, Etienne Brain, Philip R. Debruyne

chapter 6|14 pages

Heart Failure

BySarah Barnes, Katharine Whittingham

chapter 7|15 pages

Exploring Experiences of Aging with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D)

The case for a whole-system approach
ByPaul Newton, Koula Asimakopoulou, Mustafa Al-Haboubi, Sasha Scambler

chapter 8|17 pages


ByJoanne Brooke

chapter 9|12 pages


ByLeslie Gelling

chapter 10|18 pages

Pain Management and Assessment

ByTrevor Thompson, M. Elena Mendoza, Rachael E. Docking

part III|87 pages


chapter 11|14 pages

Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

ByRachel Crockett, Jennifer Stock, Tatiana Christides

chapter 12|9 pages

Sexual Health for Older Adults

ByGeraldine Anthony

chapter 13|17 pages

Cognitive Aging

ByNelson A. Roque, Walter R. Boot

chapter 14|16 pages

Environment, Housing, Health, and Social Care

ByJill Stewart, Ann Pascoe, Elaine Wiersma, Hilde Verbeek

chapter 15|9 pages

Social Lives, Social Engagement, and Work

ByEshtar Hamid, Joanna Malone, Jennifer Stock

chapter 16|17 pages

Digital Technologies and Aging

ByLiz Bacon, Professor Lachlan MacKinnon

part IV|28 pages

Care delivery

chapter 17|16 pages

Quality of Life of Elderly Residents of UK Care Homes

A systematic review
ByElizabeth West, Pauline McGovern, Val Chandler, Jane Banaszak-Holl, David Barron

chapter 18|10 pages

Advance Care Planning for Older Adults at the End of Life

ByGary Bellamy

part V|5 pages


chapter 19|3 pages


ByRachael E. Docking, Jennifer Stock