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Age-friendly rural communities: Conceptualizing 'Best-Fit'

Citation
Keating N, Eales J & Phillips J (2013) Age-friendly rural communities: Conceptualizing 'Best-Fit'. Canadian Journal on Aging, 32 (4), pp. 319-332. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0714980813000408

Abstract
The literature on age-friendly communities is predominantly focused on a model of urban aging, thereby failing to reflect the diversity of rural communities. In this article, we address that gap by focusing on the concept of community in a rural context and asking what makes a good fit between older people and their environment. We do this through (a) autobiographical and biographical accounts of two very different geographical living environments:bucolicandbypassedcommunities; and through (b) analysis of the different needs and resources of two groups of people:marginalizedandcommunity-activeolder adults, who live in those two different rural communities. We argue that the original 2007 World Health Organization definition of age friendly should be reconceptualized to explicitly accommodate different community needs and resources, to be more inclusive as well as more interactive and dynamic, incorporating changes that have occurred over time in people and place.

Keywords
aging; age-friendly community; community diversity; person-environment fit; rural communities

Journal
Canadian Journal on Aging: Volume 32, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Author(s)Keating, Norah; Eales, Jacquie; Phillips, Judith
Publication date31/12/2013
Publication date online16/10/2013
Date accepted by journal15/02/2013
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN0714-9808
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