Summer 2023 - GERO 410 D100

Special Topics in Gerontology I (3)

Aging & Longevity in Asia Pacific

Class Number: 4795

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    HCC 2540, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units. Recommended: GERO 300.



Selected psychological, sociological, economic, biological and practical aspects of the aging of individuals and populations.


This course provides a multi-dimensional perspective for students to understanding ageing and healthy longevity in Asia. Students will be able to learn a range of key population ageing issues and challenges that are facing in Asian societies. Various policies and initiatives relevant to ageing, such as, Healthy Cities, Active Ageing, Age Friendly City, from the World Health Organization to United Nations etc., in the Asian Region will be introduced. Current issues that cut across disciplines, such as caregiving, senior employment, and intergenerational bonding, health and social care integration models, ageing business opportunities will be also discussed based on various case studies in Asia.


  • Aging population and health longevity in Asia
  • Issues, Opportunities and challenges in an aging society
  • Key International Aging related initiatives, United Nation Plan of Action on Ageing, Healthy city, age friendly city, global roadmap for healthy longevity
  • Social policies and Aging in Asia
  • Aging and Gender
  • Aging, Family and Caregiving issues
  • Aging and Life-long learning
  • Aging and Health
  • Aging, work and Retirement
  • Future of Aging in Asia
  • Case Studies (1) & (2)


Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the broad multi-disciplinary perspectives on the aging and healthy longevity in Asia
  • Examine various international policies on aging in Asia
  • Assess the aging issues, opportunities, and challenges in Asian society.
  • Identify the best practices and lesson learnt in supporting aged care in Asia
  • Prepare an ageing related case study based on the Asian context.


  • Group assignment 30%
  • Individual assignment 30%
  • Class Participation 10%
  • Final Assignment 30%



Klassen T R, Higo Masa , Dhirathiti N S, Devasahayam T W (2018).: Ageing in Asia-Pacific: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives. (eText) London: Routledge. (Taylor & Francis) ISBN-13: 9781351377218

National Academy of Medicine & Commission for a Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity (2022). Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity.  


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