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Place-making with older persons: establishing sense-of-place through participatory community mapping exercises

Fang, M. L., Woolrych, R., Canham, S., Battersby, L., Sixsmith, J. and Sixsmith , A. (2015) Place-making with older persons: establishing sense-of-place through participatory community mapping exercises. Invited Presentation presented to: 16th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS 2015), Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 05-10 July 2015. (Unpublished)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Presentation)
Abstract: Principles of positive ‘aging in place’ emphasize the importance of creating sustainable environments that enable older people to maintain a sense of safety and security, autonomy, independence and belonging. Initiatives to help older adults remain in their communities have contributed to planning and design concepts such as age-friendly cities and neighbourhoods. Yet, simply altering the built environment is insufficient for creating more inclusive environments for older persons, since ‘meaningful’ places for aging involves consideration of psycho-social and cultural issues that go beyond designing physical spaces. A strong sense-of-place is articulated through access to culturally-appropriate supports for active participation, and opportunities to build and sustain social networks and assume meaningful roles in the community. One approach to researching sense-of-place is through participatory community mapping exercises (PCMEs). PCMEs are founded on tenets of empowerment, which highlight the value of building on community strengths to generate new knowledge and ideas for action, shared awareness and an understanding of community resources and assets. PCMEs provide opportunities for older adults, particularly those transitioning into new homes, to situate themselves within the context of the new community and visualize prospects for active, meaningful engagement and social participation. This paper presents findings from PCMEs conducted with older adults transitioning into affordable housing as well as local service providers. Through effective visual representations, participatory maps created by community stakeholders demonstrate community functionalities, values and their perceptions of place to identify significant features (e.g. services, amenities, open spaces) within the environment that make it a positive place to age.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aging and place, community mapping, empowerment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV1450 Aged
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD7287.9 Housing for the elderly
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ1060 Aged. Gerontology (Social aspects). Retirement
Creators: Fang, Mei Lan, Woolrych, Ryan, Canham, Sarah, Battersby, Lupin, Sixsmith, Judith and Sixsmith , Andrew
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Ageing Research Centre
Research Centres > Centre for Health Sciences and Services
Research Centres > Centre for Physical Activity and Life Sciences
Date: July 2015
Date Type: Presentation
Event Title: 16th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS 2015)
Event Dates: 05-10 July 2015
Event Location: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Event Type: Conference
Language: English
Status: Unpublished
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