Ageing in place

The world's ageing demographics will place considerable strain on social systems, families, and private services. In response we need to look at ideas surrounding 'ageing in place' to minimize the burden of elderly people and work to maximize the contribution potential of the fastest growing global demographic.

Ageing in place is a necessity for creating a sustainable social system, but it also provides an opportunity to encourage access to culturally appropriate and timely health and social services, which promote the continued economic and social participation of ageing adults. There is also a strong desire by many older people to remain in their own homes. To achieve this goal we need to apply the growing literature on intergenerational solidarity and consider how different models of care can be applied to a homecare setting – while also remaining cognizant of the needs of the caregivers themselves.

The need for ageing in place is clear, but also incredibly multifaceted. Ageing in place is at the crossroads of intergenerational solidarity, evolving social policies, family dynamics, and social inclusion. Papers that isolate the key drivers for successfully achieving an ageing in place policy, and highlight these drivers with examples, will be particularly appreciated.