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

  • Judith SixsmithEmail author
  • Mei Lan Fang
  • Ryan Woolrych
  • Sarah Canham
  • Lupin Battersby
  • Tori Hui Ren
  • Andrew Sixsmith
Part of the The Politics of Intersectionality book series (POLI)


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith Sixsmith
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mei Lan Fang
    • 2
  • Ryan Woolrych
    • 3
  • Sarah Canham
    • 4
  • Lupin Battersby
    • 5
  • Tori Hui Ren
    • 6
  • Andrew Sixsmith
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Nursing and Health SciencesUniversity of DundeeScotlandUK
  2. 2.School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and SocietyHeriot-Watt UniversityScotlandUK
  3. 3.Department of Health and WellbeingHeriot-Watt UniversityScotlandUK
  4. 4.Department of GerontologySimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  5. 5.Fraser HealthVancouverCanada
  6. 6.Department of Human EcologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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