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Community and ageingMaintaining quality of life in housing with care settings$
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Simon Evans

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420718

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420718.001.0001

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Community and ageing

Community and ageing

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(p.21) Three Community and ageing
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Community and ageing
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Simon Evans

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420718.003.0003

This chapter focuses on how ideas and experiences of community change as people grow older. Recent cohorts of retirees are less likely to have experienced more traditional communities and tend to have less class solidarity. It explains that communities have in the past helped to provide stability and continuity but social changes such as the closure of many local services and facilities, have changed the role of the local area for many people. This chapter also explores the meaning of community for older people in the context of weakening intergenerational links as a result of the increased social, occupational, and geographical mobility of young people. This chapter argues that community continues to be important, and that well-designed, accessible housing is a key component in promoting community involvement and quality of life.

Keywords:   community, retirees, traditional communities, social changes, older people, intergenerational links, young people, mobility, housing, quality of life

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