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Geriatrics 2018, 3(3), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics3030049

Should I Stay or Go: Rural Ageing, a Time for Reflection

College of Medicine & Dentistry, James Cook University, Townsville 4811, Australia
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Received: 16 July 2018 / Revised: 27 July 2018 / Accepted: 1 August 2018 / Published: 3 August 2018
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(1) 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. (2) 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. (3) Results show that kin and non-kin social networks support ageing in place however ageing is a time of change and reflection. (4) Conclusions: There is a need for more discussion within these networks when it comes to future planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: ageing; rural; Australia; social support ageing; rural; Australia; social support
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Anderson, E.M.; Larkins, S.; Beaney, S.; Ray, R.A. Should I Stay or Go: Rural Ageing, a Time for Reflection. Geriatrics 2018, 3, 49.

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