In their struggle to support growing numbers of community-dwelling older people with complex needs, western governments increasingly rely on ageing in place policies and engagement of the community. However, we remain relatively ignorant about the feasibility and implications of these policy imperatives. This thesis therefore sheds light on a) important neighbourhood characteristics that support ageing in place and b) the effects and processes of an integrated neighbourhood approach (INA) that aims to promote ageing in place. The findings demonstrate that both physical and social neighbourhood characteristics carry great significance for older people’s well-being and ability to age in place. This study further shows that the effectiveness of integrated neighbourhood approaches may be promoted by meso- and macro-level contexts that carefully anticipate needs for innovation and collaboration at the micro-level of care and support provision. Current policy aspirations also ask for careful consideration of normative and relational aspects of integrated care and support. This thesis will be of particular interest to those researching, practicing or governing innovative ways to support community-dwelling older people.

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A.P. Nieboer (Anna)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The research project was supported with a grant provided by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw, project number 314030201) as part of the National Care for the Elderly Programme.
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

van Dijk, H. (2015, June 25). Neighbourhoods for Ageing in Place. Retrieved from