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Walsh, K., O'Shea, E.
2008
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Health & Place
Responding to rural social care needs: Older people empowering themselves, others and their community
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Keywords: Older people; Rural Ireland; Active retirement groups; Empowerment; Capacity building; Community cohesion
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Older adult active retirement groups encompass health promotion, social and community psychological potential. However, little is known about the internal dynamics of these groups or their contribution to individual well-being and the community. This paper examines the Third Age Foundation as an example of one such group operating in a rural area in Ireland and explores the various relationships at work internally and externally. Methodology included: structured and semi-structured interviews, focus groups and a postal survey. A substantial contribution to membersí well-being and community competence and cohesion was found. Findings are discussed in reference to the importance of individual and community empowerment, sustainability, social entrepreneurship/leadership and the potential of such models to support community-based living in older age.†
doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2007.12.006
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