Participatory and evidence-based recommendations for urban redevelopment following natural disasters: Older adults as policy advisers

Michael Annear, Sally Keeling, Tim Wilkinson

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Abstract

Aim: To develop community-generated recommendations to inform urban environmental remediation following earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, and share these with local decision-makers during a participatory action research process. Methods: This study employed three focus group discussions to critique mixed-methods and multiphase results and develop evidence-based recommendations. Participants included 30 volunteers and 8 knowledgeable advisers aged 65 years and older. Results: Participant recommendations addressed the remediation of earthquake-affected suburbs, access to transportation, age-friendly design, safer communities, resilient support agencies, and restoration of resources for social and cultural activities. Conclusion: Older collaborators identified salient barriers to active ageing and options for post-earthquake redevelopment that had not previously been considered in research or policy. Independently living older adults are well placed to work with researchers to develop recommendations to improve the urban environment following natural disasters as well as in times of relative stability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Disasters
  • Older adults
  • Participatory action research
  • Policy recommendations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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