This conceptual paper aims to describe aging all over the place (AAOP), a federative framework for action, research and policy that considers older adults’ diverse experiences of place and life trajectories, along with person-centered care.
The framework was developed through group discussions, followed by an appraisal of aging models and validation during workshops with experts, including older adults.
Every residential setting and location where older adults go should be considered a “place,” flexible and adaptable enough so that aging in place becomes aging all over the place. Health-care professionals, policymakers and researchers are encouraged to collaborate around four axes: biopsychosocial health and empowerment; welcoming, caring, mobilized and supportive community; spatiotemporal life and care trajectories; and out-of-home care and services. When consulted, a Seniors Committee showed appreciation for flexible person-centered care, recognition of life transitions and care trajectories and meaningfulness of the name.
Population aging and the pandemic call for intersectoral actions and for stakeholders beyond health care to act as community leaders. AAOP provides opportunities to connect environmental determinants of health and person-centered care.
Building on the introduction of an ecological experience of aging, AAOP broadens the concept of care as well as the political and research agenda by greater integration of community and clinical actions. AAOP also endeavors to avoid patronizing older adults and to engage society in strengthening circles of benevolence surrounding older adults, regardless of their residential setting. AAOP’s applicability is evidenced by existing projects that share its approach.
This work was supported by the Government of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 360880, Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé, 26815.
Levasseur, M., Naud, D., Presse, N., Delli-Colli, N., Boissy, P., Cossette, B., Couturier, Y. and Cadieux Genesse, J. (2022), "Aging all over the place: a multidisciplinary framework that considers place and life trajectories of older adults within their communities", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 150-162. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-07-2021-0057
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