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

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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).


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.


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.


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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