Local Environments and Activity in Later Life: Meaningful Experiences in Green and Blue Spaces

  • Sarah L. Bell
  • Benedict W. Wheeler
Part of the Global Culture and Sport Series book series (GCS)


Populations across much of the world are ageing. In the UK, 1 in 5 people will be aged 65 and over by 2020 (Allen, 2008). This has sparked growing interest in the potential to develop ‘healthy communities which support older people to live lives which are as fulfilling as possible’ (Department of Health, 2001: 107). Such interest is based on the recognition that, contrary to existing narratives of decline, ‘old age can also be marked by the acquisition of new roles and, potentially, be a flourishing time of mobility and new creativity’ (Gilroy, 2012: 74–75).


Physical Activity Open Space Green Space Communal Garden Urban Forestry 


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