Are neighbourhoods age-friendly? Experiences of older Surinamese adults in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic

Warsha Jagroep*, Jane M. Cramm, Semiha Denktaș, Anna P. Nieboer

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Older Surinamese adults in the Netherlands have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The ability to provide support in response to older adults’ needs contributes to the age-friendliness of neighbourhoods and may be especially important during public health emergencies such as a pandemic. In this study, older Surinamese adults’ experience of neighbourhood age-friendliness, as indicator of a vital city, in general and during the COVID-19 pandemic was explored. Based on the eight age-friendly domains identified by the WHO, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 Surinamese adults (≥70 years) living in Rotterdam and the Hague. Views on the age-friendliness of the neighbourhoods in general and during the pandemic were asked. Despite differences in resilience within and across neighbourhoods, this study showed that certain age-friendly features can support older Surinamese adults in the Netherlands during a pandemic. These findings have implications for policymakers and health service providers seeking to develop age-friendly neighbourhoods, as an indicator of a vital city, in general and during a pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104322
Number of pages14
JournalCities
Volume137
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Authors

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Are neighbourhoods age-friendly? Experiences of older Surinamese adults in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this