Views on ageing in place from relocated low‑income housing residents in the US
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Views on ageing in place from relocated low‑income housing residents in the US

Kathryn Van Ravenstein Assistant professor, College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, US
Boyd Davis Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina, US

Background Ageing in place (AIP) is the ability to live in one’s home and community independently, despite age, ability level or income.

Aim To elicit knowledge and feelings about AIP from low-income older adults relocated to low-income housing.

Method Nursing students, supervised by nursing faculty trained in research, conducted semi-structured interviews about AIP with volunteer residents living in a low-income apartment complex in the southern US.

Findings Seven participants discussed common fears and worries as well as needs for AIP in low-income housing. Mental health issues were prominent.

Conclusion Mental health warrants consideration along with physical, social and emotional well-being in beginning to identify and address the needs of older people ageing anywhere, perhaps especially in relocated low-income older adults. This information could inform future interventions to encourage AIP in the US and potentially in other countries.

Nursing Older People. 29, 8, 35-41. doi: 10.7748/nop.2017.e950


Conflict of interest

None declared

Peer review

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Received: 01 May 2017

Accepted: 24 July 2017

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