Conceptions of ‘community’ among older adults living in high-density urban areas: An Australian case study

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Abstract

Aim:

The aim of this study was to explore the social networks of community and its connection to location for older people living in inner city high density (ICHD).

Method:

Using a case study approach employing qualitative (diaries, in-depth interviews) and quantitative (global positioning systems and geographical information systems mapping) methods, this paper explores the everyday interaction and social networks and where they manifest spatially for a group of older ICHD Australians.

Results:

Social networks in two community territories were found to be of particular importance to participants in terms of influencing feelings of well-being, support, social inclusion and cohesion. These two territories include the building where older people reside and the area immediately surrounding the building.

Conclusion:

This study highlights the importance of recognising the spatial aspect of community to better understand the social networks of community and their effects on well-being and social cohesion for ICHD older people.

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