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Type: Journal article
Title: Regional variation in social isolation amongst older Australians
Author: Beer, A.
Faulkner, D.
Law, J.
Lewin, G.
Tinker, A.
Buys, L.
Bentley, R.
Watt, A.
McKechnie, S.
Chessman, S.
Citation: Regional Studies, Regional Science, 2016; 3(1):170-184
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 2168-1376
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Andrew Beer, Debbie Faulkner, Julia Law, Gill Lewin, Anthea Tinker, Laurie Buys, Rebecca Bentley, Amber Watt, Sue McKechnie and Susan Chessman
Abstract: Regional studies globally has a strong focus on understanding the causes of variation in the economic performance and well-being of regions and this emphasis acknowledges that the strength of the local or regional economy plays a determinant role in shaping quality of life. Regional research has been less active in considering spatial variation in other factors that are critical to individual and societal well-being. For example, the regional studies community has been absent from the debate on the social determinants of health and how these influences vary spatially. This paper considers the results of a cross-sectional survey of Australians aged 65 years and over that focused on social connections and well-being. It examines regional variations in the incidence of social isolation within the older population. It finds that while the incidence of self-reported social isolation amongst older persons is broadly consistent with earlier studies, it demonstrates a spatial patterning that is unexpected. The paper considers community-building activities in addressing the impacts of social isolation, including the role of urban design, and suggests that there is a need to supplement the national overview presented there through more detailed studies focused on individual localities.
Keywords: Social isolation; regions; ageing; Australia; social capital
Description: Published online: 08 Mar 2016.
Rights: © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecom, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
DOI: 10.1080/21681376.2016.1144481
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