By Gavin J. Andrews, David R. Phillips
During contemporary years, an expanding quantity of educational examine has taken with older individuals with a selected emphasis on settings, locations and areas. This publication offers a entire evaluate of study and the coverage region of 'ageing and place'.
An insightful e-book on a huge subject, Andrews and Phillips have jointly edited a useful info and reference resource for people with pursuits within the spatial dimensions of aging within the twenty-first century. starting from macro-scale views at the distribution of older populations on nationwide scales, to the which means of particular neighborhood locations and settings to older contributors, at the micro-scale, the e-book spans a whole diversity of study traditions and overseas perspectives.
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These moves within geography over the last 15 years have occurred contemporaneously with a key shift beyond geography, as suggested: the increasing centrality of place within research elsewhere in the social sciences. Given these contexts, this chapter reviews ways in which research on ageing and place can be interpreted through the lens of a medical geography, recently revitalised through a health orientation. First, the centrality of place in health geography is considered. Second, three key sites in the geography of ageing are examined: the body, the home and the institutional setting.
The home space The majority of research on ageing, health and place has focused on the experience, meaning and construction of two locales: the home and supportive residential care facilities. Much research focusing on these two sites contributes to the enduring debate within social gerontology of the relative merits of each setting in terms of well-being (Cutchin, 2003). Undoubtedly, however, the home space has considerable influence on the health and well-being of all people as it is where we spend much of our free time.
Williams particularly focuses on one facet of the notion of therapeutic landscapes: the way in which landscapes can maintain health and well-being (as opposed to the more widely known dimension which emphasises the use of therapeutic landscapes for healing and recovery from illness (Gesler, 1992)). Elsewhere, Andrews seeks to examine the interconnections between consumption of complementary medicine (CM), therapy and place. Andrews argues that for older users a strong ‘sense of place’ can be observed in the consumption of CM.
Ageing and Place by Gavin J. Andrews, David R. Phillips