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Ageing in urban neighbourhoodsPlace attachment and social exclusion$
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Allison E. Smith

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422712

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422712.001.0001

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Ageing in urban neighbourhoods

Allison E. Smith

Policy Press

This chapter begins by discussing the urgent need to better understand the situation of ageing in deprived inner-city areas and to consider appropriate policy and practice solutions. As suggested by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, ageing is a malleable process and environments can have a powerful enabling or disabling impact on older age. It then presents the goal of environmental gerontological research. It explains that environmental ageing research is significant as spaces can affect many aspects of daily life. In addition, more older people than ever before live in urban areas and this is expected to increase. These trends should raise significant concerns given growing criticism and questioning of the age-friendliness of urban areas and the ability to meet the current needs of an ever-increasing urbanised ageing population.

Keywords:   ageing, inner-city areas, gerontological research, environmental ageing, urban areas, age-friendliness

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