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Rural ageing: A good place to grow old?

Norah Keating


This book addresses a growing international interest in ‘age-friendly’ communities. It examines the conflicting stereotypes of rural communities as either idyllic and supportive or isolated and bereft of services. Providing detailed information on the characteristics of rural communities, chapters ask the question, ‘good places for whom’? The book extends an understanding of the intersections of rural people and places across the adult lifecourse. Taking a critical human ecology perspective, the chapters trace lifecourse changes in community and voluntary engagement and in the availability of ... More

Keywords: age-friendly communities, human ecology, voluntary engagement, social support, social inclusion, well-being, UK rural culture, North America, national profiles

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781861349019
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349019.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norah Keating, editor

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Three Rurality and ageing well: ‘a long time here’

Sherry Ann Chapman, and Sheila Peace

Four The evolution of networks of rural older adults

G. Clare Wenger, and Norah Keating

Five Distance, privacy and independence: rural homecare

Joanie Sims-Gould, and Anne Martin-Matthews

Six Respite for rural and remote caregivers

Neena L. Chappell, Bonnie Schroeder, and Michelle Gibbens

Seven Ageing, disability and participation

Janet Fast, and Jenny de Jong Gierveld

Eight Participation in rural contexts: community matters

Julia Rozanova, Donna Dosman, and Jenny de Jong Gierveld

Ten Ageing and social exclusion in rural communities

Thomas Scharf, and Bernadette Bartlam

Eleven Age-friendly rural communities

Jacquie Eales, Janice Keefe, and Norah Keating

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