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

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  • Anne Leonora Blaakilde
The aim of this article is to contribute with a transnational issue to Environmental Gerontology and to the concept Aging-in-place. Seniors from the Northern hemisphere increasingly incorporate transnational lives as they move to warmer climates, and among them, also Danish citizens. The article builds on a qualitative study among Danish retirement migrants and their experiences with need for care or support while living abroad. Denmark represents a welfare state with a long history of public nursing homes and in-home care for frail elderly persons. The governance is basically influenced by universalism, aiming at equality in terms of access to health services and care. However, these welfare provisions seem 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 public solutions for Danish frail citizens in transnational settings may be considered, enhancing their opportunities to live abroad.
TidsskriftJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Udgave nummer1-2
Sider (fra-til)146-163
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 2015

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