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Social wellbeing, locality and ageing: a snapshot of the social lives of older people in rural Australia

Policy Online carries links to two reports into the planning and social implications of ageing populations. The first (26.11.15), from the Australian Sociological Association, deals with challenges faced by older people in rural locations; the second (23.11.15), from National Seniors Australia, analyses the planning and policy difficulties faced by city-based seniors seeking alternative accommodation in their retirement.

‘The older population in Australia (65+) is expected to double in coming decades, creating many multi-faceted implications for Australian society. The sociology of ageing suggests that older people experience their social world in a distinct way that is uniquely shaped by their memories, historical life events and group membership. Moreover, it is deeply influenced by where they choose to live as they grow older. This paper summarises research currently being undertaken at the University of South Australia within the school of Natural and Built Environments. The central objective of this research is to identify the various roadblocks to achieving social wellbeing for older Australians with diverse demographic characteristics in a variety of urban and rural living environments.’

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