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|Title:||Pulling back from the edge: an asset-based approach to ageing well|
|Author(s):||Cormac Russell, (Managing Director of Nurture Development, Dublin, Ireland)|
|Citation:||Cormac Russell, (2011) "Pulling back from the edge: an asset-based approach to ageing well", Working with Older People, Vol. 15 Iss: 3, pp.96 - 105|
|Keywords:||Ageing (biology), Asset-based community development, Big society, Communities, Co-producing health, Resilience|
|DOI:||10.1108/13663661011176642 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This paper seeks to outline the ways in which the desire to age well is inextricably linked to the domains of community and associational life; relies for its strength on intimate, soft, human contact in addition to more distant, cold, professional services; can call on an abundance of untapped, local-based care and, with greater intentionality by policy makers and practitioners, can lead to better physical and mental health outcomes for senior citizens.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a reflection piece based on the proven qualities of asset-based community development as a process for convening conversations in communities – from which the latent, caring capacities of individuals and associations are unleashed – allowing communities to build from the inside out. Communities define an ageing well agenda for their locale and implement that agenda according to their capacities.
Findings – The paper finds that citizens and communities co-producing health outcomes will out-perform individuals reliant on professional medical services only.
Practical implications – Communities have immense resources for health creation; tapping those resources leverages more health benefits than professional medical interventions alone.
Originality/value – The paper challenges the omnipotent, medicalised, “sickness” model of healthcare and encourages the adoption of a model of healthcare in which citizens, older or otherwise, co-produce healthy lifestyles and health outcomes in their communities with the assistance of professionals.
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