Should I stay or go: rural ageing, a time for reflection

Anderson, Emily, Larkins, Sarah, Beaney, Sarah, and Ray, Robin A. (2018) Should I stay or go: rural ageing, a time for reflection. Geriatrics and Gerontology International, 3 (49). 3030049.

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Background: Studies have shown that older people prefer to continue living in their own home and community as they age; however this is dependent upon available services and social support. In Australia about two thirds of people will age at home. The Australian Government provides home care packages to support ageing in place yet in rural areas not all services are available. The lack of employment opportunities in rural areas often results in family residing at a distance reducing available social support. This study aims to evaluate informal social support and its influence on ageing in place amongst older people in three Australian rural communities in Australia.

Methods: A multiple embedded case study was undertaken in three diverse rural communities. Eleven older rural residents ageing in place aged 65+ were interviewed about their ageing experience and plans for their future in the light of available social support along with 15 members of their social networks. Social networks were then visually depicted with the use of ecomaps and network members were interviewed.

Results: Results show that kin and non-kin social networks support ageing in place however ageing is a time of change and reflection.

Xonclusion: There is a need for more discussion within these networks when it comes to future planning.

Item ID: 54960
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0594
Keywords: ageing; rural; Australia; social support
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Copyright Information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 6 of the following PhD thesis: Anderson, Emily May (2020) Ageing in place in rural Australia. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Funders: James Cook University
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2018 22:51
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420301 Aged health care @ 80%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441003 Rural sociology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 100%
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