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Home beyond the house: later life experiences of place in a small community

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dc.contributor.author Harvey, Jennifer Margaret Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-16T17:01:49Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-16T17:01:49Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 en
dc.date.issued 2010-02-16T17:01:49Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2198
dc.description.abstract This is a geographical study of the experience of place for older adults in the rapidly growing area known as `Oceanside' on Vancouver Island. Oceanside's population is one of Canada's oldest: more than 40% are aged 55 and over. The goal of the research is to explore notions of home and community, place and space, and to consider the implications for planning future environments for an aging population. Qualitative analysis of 27 in-depth interviews suggests that the physical, social, cultural and structural environments are multi-layered. When considering a move to the area, it was physical environment that was most important. Once participants moved to the area, social and cultural environments became central in their lives. Finally, the structural environment, particularly the shortage of health services, may cause people to leave the area. Personal identity and past place experience influence participants' experience of the present and their hopes for the future. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject human geography en
dc.subject older people en
dc.subject Vancouver Island en
dc.subject British Columbia en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Social Sciences::Geography en
dc.title Home beyond the house: later life experiences of place in a small community en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Cloutier, Denise S.
dc.degree.department Dept. of Geography en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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