Revisiting rural ageing

Norah Keating

in Rural ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349019
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303299 | DOI:
Revisiting rural ageing

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This chapter explores the main sets of findings on rural places and beliefs, the processes of ageing and on the ‘best fit’ between these places, processes and the contexts in which rural people grow older. Whether rural communities are good places to grow old depends on a number of factors: on the people's place in the lifecourse, the community settings in which they live, and on the ways in which they construct their relationships to people and places. It shows that the challenges of ageing are highlighted in rural places, due to the powerful impact on identities of rural people by natural environments, climate and distance.

Keywords: rural places; beliefs; ageing process; rural communities; lifecourse; community settings; relationships; challenges of ageing; identities

Chapter.  4468 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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