Ageing and Place: Perspectives, Policy, Practice

Ageing and Place: Perspectives, Policy, Practice

Ageing and Place: Perspectives, Policy, Practice

Ageing and Place: Perspectives, Policy, Practice

Synopsis

Ranging from the distribution of older populations on a national scale to the meaning of specific local places and settings to older individuals, this study spans a range of research and international perspectives on the subject.

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Gavin J. Andrews and David R. Phillips

The focus of this book is on how space and place affect older persons, their families and those involved in services and care. The emphasis is on the diversity of views and the range of relationships and influences space and place have, very broadly defined. These topics are becoming increasingly recognised by policy-makers, planners, service providers and older persons themselves. In particular, it will be evident that ageing and place very much impact on older persons' quality of life and the opportunities for them to achieve goals such as successful and active ageing. The contributors to this book, as outlined below, also adopt very broad perspectives on the topic, and the research themes and disciplines included go well beyond the traditional boundaries of geography. Indeed, mirroring this, the authors come from geography, sociology, environmental psychology, architecture, policy studies, nursing, medicine, public health and social work research. Many of the authors may equally recognise themselves, and be recognised as, social gerontologists who engage in a multi-disciplinary field of study that has grown globally to become the prime forum for social research on ageing. It is quite clear that research on the complex relationships between ageing, space and place is certainly not the preserve of human geography, however broad the discipline may be today. Ageing and Place as a concept and as the title for this book therefore naturally and adequately summarises a substantial and a multi-disciplinary field of research in which geographical perspectives do still play an important part.

The book originated from our recognition that although a growing international multi-disciplinary interest in ageing and place had, over the years, been responsible for a rich and varied body of work, there were few dedicated outlets for such research from which it could be easily identified and accessed. After some deliberation, we concluded that two very different publications could be seriously considered. Most ambitiously, a dedicated journal could showcase the continued multi-disciplinary research on ageing and place perhaps to supplement the health-related subjects that have been successfully reported in journals such as Health and Place and Ageing and Society. However, we felt that an edited collection would initially be useful, dedicated to identifying the major research and policy findings and summarising the perspectives that have evolved to date.

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