The Global Aging America: The Relationship of Active Aging, Citizenship, and Intercultural Communication Competence

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Researches about senior citizenship have recently received scholars’ attention, especially for academia that concentrates in the gerontology, the study of the social and psychological aspects of the aging society. Many developed countries are concerned about senior citizens because of their potential contributions in civil society. In the US's political and governmental aspects, senior citizens have become one of the significant focuses for political campaign. Also, the increasing numbers of elderly in developed countries affect the age-related, intergenerational, and ageing policies. At the government level, the United States has developed the Older Americans Act to provide a program that facilitates the civic engagement for older Americans. The main objective of this research is to identify the participation, motivation, and contribution of senior citizen in global issue. The research will allow us to understand the individual background, which shapes the existing cultural context of senior participation, social constructions, and personal experience in participating in global issue-related activities. 

In the interview, the researcher asked about individual perspectives and experiences participating in activities related to global issue, about the implementation of these concepts from their perspective and how the activities help them develop their intercultural communication competence. Based on the data, the researcher found three ways in which participation of seniors in global issue can connect with the concept of citizenship, active aging, and intercultural communication competence. These are the connection between the global issue and personal motivations, participation in global issue, active aging, and citizenship, and participation in global issue and intercultural communication competence.


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