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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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The way forward – building sustainability

The way forward – building sustainability

(p.156) (p.157) SEVEN The way forward – building sustainability
Ageing in urban neighbourhoods

Allison E. Smith

Policy Press

This chapter aims to refocus the direction of environmental gerontology by examining the current policy context and ‘preparedness’ of nations to address the aspirations of an increasingly ageing society. It raises three key shortfalls in policy and practice and discusses the way forward, such as the need to better link environmental gerontological research with those who make policy, and to ensure that empirical and policy knowledge is disseminated to developing countries that are undergoing rapid urbanisation and growth in the ageing of their population. It has also suggested the idea of having a minimum standard for neighbourhoods, the need for a rethinking and different discourse around ageing and older people, and the need to invest in ageing.

Keywords:   sustainability, environmental gerontology, preparedness, ageing society, developing countries, urbanisation, policy, minimum standard

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