Perspectives on successful ageing: The views of Chinese older adults living in Australia on what it means to age well

Jane Hui Chian Teh, Laura J. E. Brown, Christina Bryant

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Abstract

Objectives: High immigration has resulted in a culturally diverse aging population. This study aims to examine the meaning of successful aging among late-life immigrants aging in a new cultural environment.
Methods: Semi-structured interviews focused on the subjective experience of aging well were conducted with 11 Chinese older adults who had moved to Australia in later life. Interviews were conducted in participants’ native language and analysed using thematic analysis.
Results: Eleven themes were identified. A collectivist cultural ideal relating to avoiding burden to children underpinned a number of themes, including the importance of good health and financial security. Preferences regarding retaining or relinquishing traditional cultural expectations of dependence on adult children varied between participants, suggesting some post-migration shift in values.
Conclusions: This study provides insights into the nuances of aging from a novel cultural perspective, and highlights the role of post-migration adaptation in cultural values.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Early online date30 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Successful ageing
  • Immigrants/migration
  • Culture
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Thematic analysis

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