ABSTRACT The preference of older people when it comes to ageing in place may be modified by levels of frailty. The aim of this research is to characterise the relationship between frailty and ageing in place, and to identify differences in neighbourhood characteristics supporting ageing in place missed by frail and non-frail older people. A concurrent nested mixed-methods approach was used. For quantitative evaluation, a sample of  independently living older adults residing in four districts of Rotterdam were asked to complete a questionnaire in  (response rate = %; N = ). In addition,  interviews were conducted with frail and non-frail older people. Results showed that gender, age and especially frailty were related to missed neighbourhood characteristics. People displayed awareness of their increasing frailty and often acknowledged that it increased the need for neighbourhood characteristics enabling them to age in place. We can conclude that dependence on neighbourhoods varies with frailty status. This relationship is dynamic; with frailty, older people become more dependent on their neighbourhood. However, expectations regarding neighbourhood characteristics seem to dissipate with advanced age and increasing frailty

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doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X16001240, hdl.handle.net/1765/95237
Ageing and Society
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

Cramm, J., van Dijk, H., & Nieboer, A. (2016). The creation of age-friendly environments is especially important to frail older people. Ageing and Society, 1–21. doi:10.1017/S0144686X16001240