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Community and ageing

Simon Evans

in Community and ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420718
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420718.003.0003
Community and ageing

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This chapter focuses on how ideas and experiences of community change as people grow older. Recent cohorts of retirees are less likely to have experienced more traditional communities and tend to have less class solidarity. It explains that communities have in the past helped to provide stability and continuity but social changes such as the closure of many local services and facilities, have changed the role of the local area for many people. This chapter also explores the meaning of community for older people in the context of weakening intergenerational links as a result of the increased social, occupational, and geographical mobility of young people. This chapter argues that community continues to be important, and that well-designed, accessible housing is a key component in promoting community involvement and quality of life.

Keywords: community; retirees; traditional communities; social changes; older people; intergenerational links; young people; mobility; housing; quality of life

Chapter.  4506 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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