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Home Thoughts

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As a Past President of the British Society of Gerontology, I found my own academic home as a social geographer within the multidisciplinary field of Environmental Gerontology. This chapter reflects the personal growth of a researcher while developing a body of scientific work exploring the interface between people as they age and the valued concept of home. Research areas are overlapping focusing on quality of life, person–environment interaction, and the meaning of context to self-identity within—care homes, supportive and mainstream housing, the micro kitchen environment, and the wider community. Through developing mixed methods research participatory approaches are recognized when making research evidence available beyond academia. In addition, the importance of temporality to understanding continuity and change is central and environmental biographies have pioneered a layered approach to aging in place and the understanding of home through global to local experiences. The value of research application and influence on policy and practice is an on-going mission and the chapter concludes by reviewing the contribution made to this area. Finally, as an autobiographical piece aspects of my own life as a woman with a unique history of family, education, employment, health, and wellbeing offer a parallel perspective on aging, opportunity, and place.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2018

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