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Aging People, Aging Places: Experiences, Opportunities and Challenges of Growing Older in Canada

Maxwell Hartt, Samantha Biglieri, Mark Rosenberg, and Sarah Nelson


How well do the places where we live support the wellbeing of older adults? The Canadian population is growing older and is reshaping the nation's economic, social and cultural future. However, the built and social environments of many communities, neighbourhoods and cities have not been designed to help Canadians age well. Bringing together academic research, practitioner reflections and personal narratives from older adults across Canada, this cutting-edge text provides a rare spotlight on the local implications of aging in Canadian cities and communities. It explores employment, housing, tr ... More

Keywords: adult wellbeing, Canada, Canadians, aging, employment, housing, transportation, cultural safety

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781447352563
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447352563.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maxwell Hartt, editor
Queen's University

Samantha Biglieri, editor
Ryerson University

Mark Rosenberg, editor
Queen's University

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Maxwell Hartt and Samantha Biglieri

Part I Urban

1 Aging in urban Canada

Samantha Biglieri, Maxwell Hartt, and Natalie S. Channer

4 Walking in the city: seniors’ experience in Canada and France

Marie-Soleil Cloutier and Florence Huguenin-Richard

5 Urban practitioner vignette

Marianne Wilkat and Barry Pendergast, with Natalie S. Channer

Part II Suburban

6 Aging in suburban Canada

Maxwell Hartt, Natalie S. Channer, and Samantha Biglieri

7 An age-friendly city? LGBTQ and frail older adults

Lindsay Herman, Ryan Walker, and Mark W. Rosenberg

8 Suburban community vignette

Candace Skrapek and Elliot Paus Jenssen

9 New micro-mobilities and aging in the suburbs

Jennifer Dean and Edward Donato

10 Suburban practitioner vignette

Chris Kawalec with Madison Empey-Salisbury

Part III Rural

11 Aging in rural Canada

Natalie S. Channer, Samantha Biglieri, and Maxwell Hartt

13 Rural community vignette

Della Webster and Sylvia Humphries

14 Supports and limitations of aging in a rural place for women aged 85 and older

Olive Bryanton, Lori E. Weeks, and William Montelpare

Part IV Indigenous

17 Pursuing pathways to care: dementia and aging in Indigenous communities

Carrie Bourassa, Mackenzie Jardine, Danette Starblanket, Sebastian Lefebvre, Marlin Legare, Dana Hickey, Jessica Dieter, Betty McKenna, Gail Boehme, and Nicole Akan


Mark W. Rosenberg

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