Ageing in Place and the Older Worker

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  • Title: Ageing in Place and the Older Worker: Literature Review on Potentials of the Urban Environment to Support Work Ability and Healthy Ageing
  • Author(s): Michelle Cheam, Ruzica Bozovic-Stamenovic
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Aging & Social Change
  • Journal Title: The Journal of Aging and Social Change
  • Keywords: Ageing in Place, Built Environment, Older Worker, Retirement Lifestyle, Workplace
  • Volume: 9
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2576-5310 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2576-5329 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2576-5310/CGP/v09i03/39-57
  • Citation: Cheam, Michelle, and Ruzica Bozovic-Stamenovic. 2019. "Ageing in Place and the Older Worker: Literature Review on Potentials of the Urban Environment to Support Work Ability and Healthy Ageing." The Journal of Aging and Social Change 9 (3): 39-57. doi:10.18848/2576-5310/CGP/v09i03/39-57.
  • Extent: 19 pages

Abstract

The observed increased participation of older workers (OW) in the workforce redefines independence in old age and hints at a potential shift in the spatial construct of ageing well and the types of environment that support ageing in place. This article explores current literature on built environments vis-à-vis ageing in place and the OW’s work outcomes in an integrative manner and identifies spatial implications that may arise from this phenomenon. Synthesis and critical analysis of the findings emerging from this literature review suggest that “work” was perceived to be a meaningful form of engagement for the older adults; however, the “workplace” has not been considered in ageing-in-place environments. Concepts of the “older worker” were restrictive and conflicting, hence the workplace environment’s impact on the older worker’s well-being could not be determined conclusively. Lack of understanding regarding the spatial implications of the changing paradigm of workplace further undermined the applicability of the current findings and ensuing consequences for coming generations of older workers.