Ageing-in-Place for Low-Income Seniors: Living at the Intersection of Multiple Identities, Positionalities, and Oppressions

Judith Sixsmith, Mei Lan Fang, Ryan Woolrych, Sarah L. Canham, Lupin Battersby, Tori Hui Ren, Andrew Sixsmith

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Ageing-in-place refers to the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably regardless of age, income, or ability level. Often, ageing-in-place is assumed to be a positive experience; however, home is not always a positive place and can be perceived as prison-like or a burdensome environment. For older, ethno-cultural groups in Canada, acquiring adequate, comfortable housing is a challenge, especially when living with limited financial resources and lacking social and cultural capital. Using a community-based participatory research approach and a Multidimensional Intersectionality Framework, this chapter problematizes dominant, positive ageing-in-place policy discourses and provides experiential data to inform place-based policy directives for enabling older people to age well at home and in the right place. Policy implications of this work include further developing current understandings of sense-of-place that emphasize community participation, wellbeing, and nuanced experiences of older people.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Intersectionality in Public Policy
EditorsOlena Hankivsky, Julia S. Jordan-Zachery
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages641-664
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783319984735
ISBN (Print)9783319984728
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Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Sixsmith, J., Fang, M. L., Woolrych, R., Canham, S. L., Battersby, L., Ren, T. H., & Sixsmith, A. (2019). Ageing-in-Place for Low-Income Seniors: Living at the Intersection of Multiple Identities, Positionalities, and Oppressions. In O. Hankivsky, & J. S. Jordan-Zachery (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Intersectionality in Public Policy (pp. 641-664). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98473-5_30
Sixsmith, Judith ; Fang, Mei Lan ; Woolrych, Ryan ; Canham, Sarah L. ; Battersby, Lupin ; Ren, Tori Hui ; Sixsmith, Andrew. / Ageing-in-Place for Low-Income Seniors: Living at the Intersection of Multiple Identities, Positionalities, and Oppressions. The Palgrave Handbook of Intersectionality in Public Policy. editor / Olena Hankivsky ; Julia S. Jordan-Zachery. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. pp. 641-664
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Ageing-in-Place for Low-Income Seniors: Living at the Intersection of Multiple Identities, Positionalities, and Oppressions. / Sixsmith, Judith; Fang, Mei Lan; Woolrych, Ryan; Canham, Sarah L.; Battersby, Lupin; Ren, Tori Hui; Sixsmith, Andrew.

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