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Age-friendly rural communities

Jacquie Eales, Janice Keefe and Norah Keating

in Rural ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349019
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303299 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349019.003.0011
Age-friendly rural communities

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This chapter examines the age-friendly communities that can be found in the rural areas in Canada. The first section is on the ‘resources’ approach and the ‘best fit’ approach that are used to understand these age-friendly communities. It then examines the natural environment, the human-built environment, and the social environment, which all make rural communities more age-friendly for older people. The chapter concludes that the natural, human-built and social resources make a difference to whether rural settings are good places to grow old.

Keywords: age-friendly community; Canada; resources approach; best fit approach; natural environment; human-built environment; social environment

Chapter.  5032 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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