Regeneration in poor neighbourhoods can lead to older people feeling isolated, according to a new research. Social anthropologist Dr Camilla Lewis, from the University of Manchester, spent a year living in East Manchester, one of the most deprived areas in the UK, in order to understand how local regeneration is affecting the day-to-day lives of older residents. Dr Lewis interviewed and observed residents in places including a community centre, a market cafe and their homes. She found that despite being close to the city centre and benefiting from millions of pounds of investment in their area, people tended to feel separated from the wealth and new identity of the rest of the city. The demolition and rebuilding of new houses had also resulted in a deep sense of uncertainty and isolation. ‘Despite the ambitious plans of local government, the rebuilding of houses actually caused a huge upheaval to social ties, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

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