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Participatory and evidence-based recommendations for urban redevelopment following natural disasters: Older adults as policy advisers

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Annear, MJ and Keeling, S and Wilkinson, T, Participatory and evidence-based recommendations for urban redevelopment following natural disasters: Older adults as policy advisers, Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33, (1) pp. 43-49. ISSN 1440-6381 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 ACOTA

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajag.12053

Abstract

Aim: To develop community-generated recommendations to inform urban environmental remediation following earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, and share these with local decision-makers during a participatory action research process. Methods: This study employed three focus group discussions to critique mixed-methods and multiphase results and develop evidence-based recommendations. Participants included 30 volunteers and 8 knowledgeable advisers aged 65 years and older. Results: Participant recommendations addressed the remediation of earthquake-affected suburbs, access to transportation, age-friendly design, safer communities, resilient support agencies, and restoration of resources for social and cultural activities. Conclusion: Older collaborators identified salient barriers to active ageing and options for post-earthquake redevelopment that had not previously been considered in research or policy. Independently living older adults are well placed to work with researchers to develop recommendations to improve the urban environment following natural disasters as well as in times of relative stability. © 2013 ACOTA.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Aged Health Care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Health Related to Ageing
Author:Annear, MJ (Dr Michael Annear)
ID Code:87507
Year Published:2014 (online first 2013)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2013-11-21
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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