Ageing in the Wrong Place at Home

Authors: Kyle Plumb*, Queens University, Prince Michael Amegbor, Queen's University
Topics: Medical and Health Geography, Canada
Keywords: Ageing, Place, Home, Geographies of Ageing
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Estherwood, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Although not intrinsically wrong and certainly not malicious in intent when conceptualized as static and universal and applied as a one-size-fits-all policy initiative, ageing in place can contribute to the institutional and even inhumane situation that it aims to relieve. While most older people in Canada are and ought to be ageing in place in their homes, this paper contends that there are some individuals that are better suited for assisted group living due to extenuating circumstances that amount to the (re)casting of the home as a place of dissatisfaction and isolation. Indeed, older adults are a dynamic and heterogeneous group that require nuanced policy initiatives to support their diversity in needs. To this end, data from the 2014 annual component of the Canadian Community Health Survey was analyzed to compare the general satisfaction or quality of life of older adults living at home with factors such as income, age, frailty and sense of belonging. It was found that many older adults are not satisfied with ageing in their home especially when these factors are considered. With this in mind, the concept of “ageing in the right place” is explored and presented as an expansion to the initial formulation that has potential to reorient it as a nimbler and more responsive policy that is appropriate for the diversity and dynamism of the older population.

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