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Insights and principles for supporting social engagement in rural older people


Walker, J and Orpin, P and Baynes, HJ and Stratford, E and Boyer, K and Mahjouri, N and Patterson, C and Robinson, A and Carty, J, Insights and principles for supporting social engagement in rural older people, Ageing and Society, 33, (6) pp. 938-963. ISSN 0144-686X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S0144686X12000402


Staying socially engaged is known to improve health and longevity in older people. As the population ages, maintaining levels of social engagement among older people becomes increasingly important. Nevertheless, advancing age brings with it many challenges to social engagement, especially in rural areas. A three-year Australian Research Council Linkage Project sought to improve understandings of age-related triggers to social disengagement in six Tasmanian communities that are representative of rural Australian experience, and thus of wider salience. A collaboration between academics and health and social professionals, the project investigated design solutions for service frameworks that may be useful before ageing individuals become isolated and dependent, and that may support those individuals to actively contribute to and benefit from social life. The purpose of this paper is to report on perspectives about diminishing levels of social engagement held by older rural participants and service providers, and to advance a number of key insights on ways in which to nurture social engagement and improve the experience of ageing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ageing, health, social engagement, rural areas, service frameworks, qualitative methods, Australia, Tasmania
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Social structure and health
UTAS Author:Orpin, P (Dr Peter Orpin)
UTAS Author:Baynes, HJ (Dr Hazel Baynes)
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
UTAS Author:Boyer, K (Ms Kim Boyer)
UTAS Author:Robinson, A (Professor Andrew Robinson)
ID Code:78665
Year Published:2013 (online first 2012)
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2012-07-17
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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