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Place (in)securities: Older adults’ perceptions across urban environments in the United Kingdom

Fisher, Jennifer and Lawthom, rebecca and Woolrych, Ryan and Makita, Meiko and Menezes, Deborah and Murray, Michael and Sixsmith, Judith (2020) Place (in)securities: Older adults’ perceptions across urban environments in the United Kingdom. Psyecology. ISSN 2171-1976 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper explores empirical accounts of perceived insecurities and 4 accompanying issues that make urban place problematic and can impact older adults’ 5 wellbeing and overall quality of life. Findings reported derive from the project “Place-6 Making with Older People: Towards Age-Friendly Communities” which investigates both 7 barriers and facilitators to developing age-friendly cities. Drawing on interviews with older 8 adults in three cities in the United Kingdom (UK), the analysis demonstrates that physical 9 and social vulnerabilities along with the characteristics of the built and social environment, 10 play a role in influencing older adults’ behaviours, routines and habits in the community. The 11 results are discussed with a view of influencing practice and policy priorities relating to age-12 friendly cities.

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