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Simon Evans

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420718

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420718.001.0001

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Changing communities and older people

Changing communities and older people

(p.109) Eight Changing communities and older people
Community and ageing

Simon Evans

Policy Press

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

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