Ageing as well as you can in place: Applying a geographical lens to the capability approach.

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Author: Hannah Grove
Date: Nov. 2021
From: Social Science & Medicine(Vol. 288)
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 364 words

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Keywords Ageing in place; Ageing well; Older people; Qualitative; Geo-spatial; Go-along interviews; Capability approach; Ireland Highlights * This article considers ageing well in place through a Capability Approach lens. * Geo-spatial and qualitative methods can illustrate place-based functionings. * Older people should be supported to age -- as well as they can -- in place. Abstract Despite policy commitments to support ageing in place, we know very little about the everyday realities and experiences of older people living in different environmental circumstances, with varying personal capabilities. This paper: 1) examines the valued place-based functionings of older people through the use of geo-spatial and in-situ methods, where functionings are defined as states of being and doing, and place-based functionings are defined as places, activities, interactions, routes, and routines that support these beings and doings; and 2) demonstrates the utility of a capability approach by amalgamating the interconnected concepts 'ageing in place' and 'ageing well'. Three in-depth individual experiences of ageing at home in a Dublin (Ireland) suburb show how differing health and mobility challenges are managed, and illustrate how conceptions of ageing well in place can be identified from geographically-grounded lifeworlds. Participants' place-based functionings are identified by combining qualitative and geo-spatial approaches through the use of annotated maps, using data obtained from traditional interviews, go-along interviews, and mapping exercises. Results demonstrate the diversity of place-based functionings valued by each individual, and how functionings are negotiated depending on different needs, wishes, and health or mobility challenges. Results also highlight the importance of supportive environments and social supports in enabling older people to realise their most valued functionings over time, which include being able to get out and about, engage and connect with others, carry out daily tasks and errands confidently, and remain independent. By paying attention to subjectively valued place-based functionings, as well as the specific supports required to sustain them, we can facilitate older people to not just age in place, or age well, but to age - as well as they can - in place. Author Affiliation: Department of Geography, Maynooth University, Rhetoric House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, W23 F2H6, Ireland Article History: Revised 5 August 2020; Accepted 10 November 2020 Byline: Hannah Grove [Hannah.Grove@mu.ie]

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