Special Issue "Asian Perspectives on Active Aging: Meaning, Purpose and Hope"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Kalyani Kirtikar Mehta
Guest Editor
Gerontology and Social Work, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore 599494, Singapore
Interests: policies relating to ageing society and implications; retirement; productive ageing; spirituality and ageing; caregiving issues; senior voluntarism
Dr. Leng Leng Thang
Guest Editor
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore, Singapore 117570, Singapore
Interests: east asian society and culture; intergenerational programming; intergenerational relationships; aging (active aging, retirement and migration, caregiving, senior volunteerism); family; gender

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue focuses on the value of active ageing and its beneficial impact on mental and physical health. The theme of this issue “Asian Perspectives on Active Aging: meaning, purpose and hope.” has the aim of portraying the concept of active aging from multidisciplinary angles. We invite papers from Asia. The aim of the special issue is to collate the various experiences and interpretations of active ageing from diverse facets i.e. physical, social, intellectual, spiritual and cultural in the rich context of Asia. Asia is a vast region characterized by ethnic, religious, language and cultural diversities. The special issue will illustrate the many manifestations of active ageing according to the context and the authentic identities of the people concerned.

From the research perspective, the authors are requested to link the expression (s) of active ageing to the context i.e. national, cultural, geographical and historical and the authentic identities of the people i.e. religion, history, health beliefs and spiritual tendencies. This will contribute towards the stock of knowledge that exists at present on how active ageing is conceptualized. Each paper will also add to the understanding of how the different activities and practices add meaning and purpose in later life in the local context. The meaning, purpose and hope (or desired outcome) of the active ageing pursuits should be discussed and clearly elucidated in the papers.

Abstract submission (200 words) by 10 March 2021

Please submit your abstract and any questions to special issue guest editors, Professor Kalyani Kirtikar Mehta ([email protected]) and Dr. Leng Leng Thang ([email protected]).

Full paper submission (approximate 8000 words) by 21 August 2021

Revisions may be required after the editors’ respond to the full papers. A short timeline for revisions is planned such as 2–3 weeks. Each paper will then go through blinded peer reviews before final acceptance.

Prof. Dr. Kalyani Kirtikar Mehta
Dr. Leng Leng Thang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Social Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • ageing
  • active
  • seniors
  • Asia
  • elderly

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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