Ageing in Place

The world’s population is ageing, and with ageing comes an increased risk of disability, multimorbidity and dementia, and an increased need for support. Older people are motivated to stay in their own homes as they age as an alternative to intramural care that is cost-beneficial and often provides a better quality of life. However, this “Ageing in Place” is not without challenges. There are common hazards in the homes and neighbourhoods of older people, such as inappropriate furnishing and fall risks, misfunctioning climate regulation and stairs; moreover, their neighbourhoods are often not age-friendly and offer few opportunities for social engagement. People risk experiencing lower wellbeing, increased social exclusion and loneliness if their homes and neighbourhoods no longer fit their personal needs and capacities. We are now calling for original quantitative or qualitative studies on the intersection of ageing, housing, healthcare services, neighbourhoods and quality of life. Potential topics for the Special Issue include but are not limited to age-friendly neighbourhoods, social capital, social exclusion, loneliness, residential trajectories, healthy ageing, fall prevention, technology and (in)formal care.


  • Marja Aartsen

    Marja Aartsen, PhD, works as a research professor at NOVA Norwegian Social Research, Department of Ageing Research and Housing Studies, at Oslo Metropolitan University. She is a sociologist by training and specialized in longitudinal research on social relations, social exclusion, loneliness, and cognitive functioning in the second half of life. She is interested in social issues related to aging in place and active or successful ageing.

  • Maja Flåto

    Maja Flåto, PhD, is a researcher at the Norwegian Social Research Institute (NOVA), Oslo Metropolitan University, in the department of Aging Research and Housing Studies. Flåto is affiliated with the Centre for Housing and Welfare Research (BOVEL), Oslo Metropolitan University, and is an associate professor at VID specialized University. She holds a master’s degree in sociology and a Ph.D. in social work and social policy from Oslo Metropolitan University.

  • Linda Kvæl

    Linda Kvæl, PhD, is researcher for Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Department of Ageing Research and Housing Studies, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the research group Aging, Health and Welfare, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. She has a PhD in health sciences from Oslo Metropolitan University. Kvæl has clinical experience as a physiotherapist from the community care services, with a master's degree in rehabilitation of older persons.


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