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Norah Keating

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349019

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349019.001.0001

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The evolution of networks of rural older adults

The evolution of networks of rural older adults

Chapter:
(p.32) (p.33) Four The evolution of networks of rural older adults
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Rural ageing
Author(s):

G. Clare Wenger

Norah Keating

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349019.003.0004

This chapter aims to answer the question of how the support networks of older rural adults evolve, change and adapt over time. It identifies the changes in social support of older adults for a period of 20 years, starting from their mid-sixties until their mid-eighties. It shows that an understanding of the support networks of older rural adults over time allows one to trace the evolution of networks in context. It helps in distinguishing who among the older adults in rural communities are embedded in support networks, which will evolve to provide care if needed. It also helps in deconstructing the idea of the universal supportiveness of rural communities.

Keywords:   support networks, evolution, changes, care, universal supportiveness, rural communities

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