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Neighborhood Influence: A Qualitative Study in Cáceres, an Aspiring Age-Friendly City

Department of Sociology, University of Salamanca, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(6), 195;
Received: 17 May 2019 / Revised: 13 June 2019 / Accepted: 18 June 2019 / Published: 20 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Community and Urban Sociology)
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The aim of this study is to understand the perspective of elderly residents on their neighborhood and how the composition of the neighborhood influences their daily life. The study took place in the city of Cáceres (Spain) that aspires to become an age-friendly city. This study focused on the intangible elements of the neighborhood related to feelings of safety, well-being, loneliness, belonging to the community and development of trusting relationships. The research was based on the sociology of aging, specifically referencing the theory of the activity of aging, and also urban sociology, which assumes the environment as a conditioning agent of daily life. Using a qualitative approach, 32 in-depth interviews were conducted with individuals over 65. The interviews were analyzed according to grounded theory. The results show how social aspects are key factors for the elderly in their perception of the neighborhood. Therefore, psychological, social and emotional dimensions of the neighborhood influence elderly residents and could have a positive or negative effect on successful aging. These findings also suggest that a crucial aspect of the positive perceptions of the environment lies in the quality of social interactions that take place inside the neighborhood. View Full-Text
Keywords: qualitative analysis; successful aging; age-friendly city; neighborhood; environment qualitative analysis; successful aging; age-friendly city; neighborhood; environment

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