Grey and Pleasant Land?: An interdisciplinary exploration of the connectivity of older people in rural civic society
Catherine Hennessy, Plymouth University
The study focused on the quality of life of older people in rural areas by analysing the extent of their involvement in their communities, leisure patterns and cultural interests. It also addressed the barriers and opportunities for participation that they experience and their attitudes to the countryside as a social, cultural and environmental space. The aim of this research programme was to investigate the circumstances, experiences and quality of life impact of older people’s connectivity in civic society in rural areas. The research was carried out in rural settings in South West England which has the most ageing population structure of all regions in England and in rural Wales which is experiencing similar demographic trends.