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Rural ageingA good place to grow old?$
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Norah Keating

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349019

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349019.001.0001

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Revisiting rural ageing

Revisiting rural ageing

(p.121) Twelve Revisiting rural ageing
Rural ageing

Norah Keating

Policy Press

This chapter explores the main sets of findings on rural places and beliefs, the processes of ageing and on the ‘best fit’ between these places, processes and the contexts in which rural people grow older. Whether rural communities are good places to grow old depends on a number of factors: on the people's place in the lifecourse, the community settings in which they live, and on the ways in which they construct their relationships to people and places. It shows that the challenges of ageing are highlighted in rural places, due to the powerful impact on identities of rural people by natural environments, climate and distance.

Keywords:   rural places, beliefs, ageing process, rural communities, lifecourse, community settings, relationships, challenges of ageing, identities

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