Where is 'place' in Aging in place? Transnational issues for the Danish state and its retirement migrants abroad

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to contribute a transnational perspective to the field of environmental gerontology and the concept of aging in place. Seniors from the northern hemisphere, among them Danish citizens, are increasingly adapting to transnational lives as they move to warmer climates. This article builds on a qualitative study among Danish retirement migrants regarding their experiences with the need for care or support while living abroad. Denmark is a welfare state with a long history of public nursing homes and in-home care for frail elderly persons. This system of governance is influenced by universalism, aiming at equality in terms of access to health services and care. However, these welfare provisions seem to be deeply embedded in methodological nationalism, since only citizens with residence within the borders of Denmark have the right to live in public nursing homes or receive in-home help. It is argued that we should consider public solutions to the problems faced by frail Danish citizens in transnational settings, enhancing their opportunities to live abroad.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Vol/bind29
Udgave nummer1-2
Sider (fra-til)146-163
Antal sider18
ISSN0276-3893
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2015
Udgivet eksterntJa

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