Rhetoric to Action: A Study of Stakeholder Perceptions of Aging Well in Two Local Communities Academic Article uri icon


  • This qualitative study of local perceptions of policy goals and action in relation to aging reports 31 stakeholder interviews within 2 Australian communities exploring (a) the meaning of aging well; and (b) preferred policy actions to achieve positive aging outcomes. Findings suggest that community perceptions of aging well are broadly consistent with the goals of national and international policy frameworks in focusing on 3 dimensions--health, social engagement, and security. Further, participants believe that achievement of positive aging outcomes requires a mix of self-help, community action, and government intervention--particularly government support and encouragement for aging well initiatives.


  • Everingham, Jo-Anne
  • Lui, Chi-Wai
  • Bartlett, Helen
  • Warburton, Jeni
  • Cuthill, Michael

publication date

  • October 28, 2010