The way forward – building sustainability

Allison E. Smith

in Ageing in urban neighbourhoods

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422712
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301448 | DOI:
The way forward – building sustainability

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This chapter aims to refocus the direction of environmental gerontology by examining the current policy context and ‘preparedness’ of nations to address the aspirations of an increasingly ageing society. It raises three key shortfalls in policy and practice and discusses the way forward, such as the need to better link environmental gerontological research with those who make policy, and to ensure that empirical and policy knowledge is disseminated to developing countries that are undergoing rapid urbanisation and growth in the ageing of their population. It has also suggested the idea of having a minimum standard for neighbourhoods, the need for a rethinking and different discourse around ageing and older people, and the need to invest in ageing.

Keywords: sustainability; environmental gerontology; preparedness; ageing society; developing countries; urbanisation; policy; minimum standard

Chapter.  6479 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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