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Geographical Gerontology

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Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging


Geographies of ageing; Spatial analysis of ageing


Geographical gerontology (GG) refers to a burgeoning multidisciplinary subject that encompasses the application of geographical perspectives, concepts, and approaches to the study of ageing, old age, and older populations (Skinner et al. 2018). Human geography and social gerontology have together influenced the development of the field of geographical gerontology, and the thematic scopes of geographical gerontology are presented in Fig. 1. This body of work includes gerontological work by geographers which involves examination and explanation of how geographical approaches can be used to research and understand gerontologically related issues such as demography and population geography (issues such as the spatial patterning of demographic ageing, patterns of migration, and movements in and of ageing populations), health geography (i.e., health-care services and infrastructure), and social geography (such as living...

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Feng, Z., Phillips, D.R. (2019). Geographical Gerontology. In: Gu, D., Dupre, M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer, Cham.

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