Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Policy Studies (DPS)

First Advisor

Prof. MOK Ka Ho Joshua


Aging in place (AIP) has been adopted to cope with the aging population worldwide. The present research invoked the concept of successful aging as a theoretical perspective on AIP with Shenzhen, China as the backdrop. This study adopted the successful aging model of Rowe and Kahn (1987, 1997, 1998) and employed a mixed methods with qualitative and quantitative research. It examined the AIP policies in China and Shenzhen and how the “users” (the elderly and adult children) perceive AIP and successful aging. It also explored which factors would affect successful aging through AIP. Findings showed that financial security and intergenerational relations are the key factors influencing the successful aging of the elderly through AIP. Drawing on the findings, the present research proposed a new aging model, namely, two roads successful aging model, and framed a related policy to enhance the possibility of successful aging through AIP for the elderly in Shenzhen.



Recommended Citation

Huang, F. (2022). Successful aging through aging in place: The perspectives of the elderly and adult children in Shenzhen (Doctoral thesis, Lingnan University, Hong Kong). Retrieved from