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Changing communities and older people

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/9781847420718.003.0008
Changing communities and older people

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This chapter explores how communities might continue to change over the next 20 years and the impact these changes might have on the quality of life of older people. It suggests that many older people wish to remain economically active and to enjoy increased levels of participation in voluntary and social enterprise activities. It argues that it is important to think about the aspirations of older people and to facilitate their desire to contribute towards the communities in which they live, rather than seeing them as a burden on those communities. It notes that the future of retirement villages and extra care housing is considered in the context of social changes, particularly in terms of their ability to work as communities.

Keywords: communities; older people; quality of life; retirement villages; housing; social changes; aspirations; social enterprise

Chapter.  7487 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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