NDA Findings 18

Call-Me : Promoting independence and social engagement among older people in disadvantaged communities
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Michael Murray, Keele University

Finding Synopsis

CALL ME: PROJECT was a growing body of research highlighting the challenges faced by older people in disadvantaged urban communities. This group may experience a variety of risks associated with ill health, poverty, social isolation and loneliness, vulnerability to crime, and a lack of opportunities to engage in local and national decision-making processes. In contrast to a growing evidence base highlighting the challenges faced by older people in disadvantaged communities, there is limited work that explores how new initiatives can begin to address such groups’ concerns and to clarify the issues involved in promoting independence and social engagement or active ageing.

This project sought to move away from an assessment of the problems associated with ageing in socially deprived communities towards a new focus on the ways in which community action by older people can contribute to active ageing in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods.

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