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From 'Our Town' to 'Ghost Town'?: The Changing Context of Home for Rural Elders

International Journal of Aging & Human Development

Author: Norris-Baker, C., Scheidt, R. J.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1994


An experiential field approach, grounded in a contextual view of environmental stress, is used to explore outcomes of the continuing rural crisis of the past decade for elderly residents of 4 small towns. These rural changes threaten the survival of many towns, & affect their elderly residents, who often have enduring economic, social, & psychological investments in their homes & communities. Changes associated with aging may also lead to transitions in the experience of home & community for the elderly, regardless of the town's health. Focus is placed on environmental stressors related to housing & the meaning of attachment to home within economically threatened communities. Implications for policy alternatives & the well-being of rural elderly are discussed.

Further Details

Pages: 181-202
Volume: 38
Issue: 3
Accession Number: 27.5.03
Keywords: North America, older, health improvement, housing improvement, policy compliance
Reads: 275