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Age-unfriendly by design: built environment and social infrastructure deficits in Greater Melbourne

Hartt, Maxwel, Deverteuil, Geoff ORCID: and Potts, Ruth ORCID: 2022. Age-unfriendly by design: built environment and social infrastructure deficits in Greater Melbourne. Journal of the American Planning Association 10.1080/01944363.2022.2035247
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The world’s population is aging at a rapid rate, yet many local built and social environments are not well suited to support older adults. Australia exemplifies the demographic–environmental disconnect because it is one of the world’s most suburban nations and has one of the proportionally largest baby boom generations. In this research we examined the relationship between built and social environments with respect to older adult vulnerability in Greater Melbourne (Australia). We found that neighborhoods with lower levels of built environment support also had lower levels of social infrastructure. The spatial imbalance across the region was most pronounced when considering the spatial distribution of older adults aged 85 years and older. Our analysis of policymaker interviews revealed a marked disconnect between the scale and scope of the challenges of suburban aging and the state and local government response. Limitations of the study included the operationalization of built environment and social infrastructure variables.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0194-4363
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 January 2022
Date of Acceptance: 23 January 2022
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 21:29

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