Exploring the relationships between four aging ideals: A bibliometric study

Ka LIN, Yumei NING, Ayesha MUMTAZ*, Hua LI

*Corresponding author for this work

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When examining research articles on the aging strategies, four ideals (i.e., successful aging, healthy aging, productive aging and active aging) could be explored by conducting bibliometric analyses. For the literature analysis, general information on the four aging ideals was understood through visualization analysis; the intellectual base and research hotspots were intuitively observed. CiteSpace was used as the method to conduct the co-occurrence analysis of keywords in order to obtain research trends and cutting-edge knowledge in the field of aging-related policies. Subsequently, the study revealed the nature of the link between these four aging ideals and disclosed the connection between their fundamental principles. The study ultimately enhanced the understanding of the diverse contexts that have impacted the way in which these ideals influence policy, which has caused dissimilar strategies for policy development. The study also extended the discussion of the definitions of and relationships between these four ideals with the goal of identifying new directions for aging-related practice and providing innovative insights and references for investigators.

Original languageEnglish
Article number762591
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the research funds from National Social Science Fund of China (No. 19ASH016), Chinese post doc Foundation, and other resources.

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2022 Lin, Ning, Mumtaz and Li.


  • aging studies
  • bibliometric
  • CiteSpace
  • elderly care
  • health care
  • social policy


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