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Where does the neighborhood go? Trust, social engagement, and health among older adults in Baltimore City

TitleWhere does the neighborhood go? Trust, social engagement, and health among older adults in Baltimore City
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsGaroon, J, Engelman, M, Gitlin, L, Szanton, S
JournalHealth Place
Volume41
Pagination58-66
Date PublishedSep
ISBN Number1353-8292
Accession Number27552723
KeywordsAging, Neighborhood, Physical limitations, Social engagement, trust
Abstract

Trust is often cited as a necessary predecessor of social engagement, and a public-health good. We question those suppositions through analysis of the life histories of lower-income older adults aging in place in Baltimore. These people desired to continue living independently, but also expressed a complex mix of trust and mistrust in their neighbors, neighborhoods, and broader environments. This was the product of interrelated processes of multilevel physical and social changes over time and space - and, we argue, often featured a "healthy mistrust" that pushed participants to pursue personally meaningful forms of social engagement, whether new or continued.