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Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Volume IV, Wellbeing in Later Life by Cary L. Cooper, Thomas B. L. Kirkwood

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Cultures, Aging, and Wellbeing

Ngaire Kerse, Mere Kēpa, Ruth Teh, and Lorna Dyall

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Introduction

We have seen in previous chapters in this volume the relationship to wellbeing in older age of a range of demographic characteristics, medical and nonmedical determinants of health, social connections, and activities. This chapter introduces issues of culture, culturally related beliefs, behaviors, and expectations which can influence and modulate experiences of aging around the world. In all societies there are minority groups of people with disparities in health outcomes, longevity, and wellbeing, as well as groups of indigenous peoples undergoing effects of continuing colonization. Thus consideration of meanings, interpretations, and required actions related to these culturally diverse groups is essential to a comprehensive understanding of wellbeing in aging.

We approach this chapter using as a basis the only study currently engaging a significant number of indigenous peoples in advanced age. Tangata whenua or Māori is a Polynesian culture which is indigenous to Aotearoa, or New Zealand. The Life and Living in Advanced Age Cohort Study in New Zealand (the LiLACS NZ study, or Te Puāwaitanga O Nga Tapuwae Kia ora Tonu; Hayman et al., 2012) gathered comprehensive quantitative data from 421 Māori aged 80–90 years, and 516 non-Māori aged 85 at initial interview in 2010. Data from this study is used to illustrate associations between cultural practices, ...

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