Local shops serve an integral role in the lives of older people as a key part of their social network.
Researchers studied shoppers aged between 67 and 88 years old. They found that smaller shopping strips provided an opportunity for older people to remain involved in their community. The capacity to shop locally also allowed them to take control and remain independent.
Shopkeepers also played a valuable role in looking out for the more vulnerable older people and saw it as part of their service to the community.
This research should inform future policy approaches that could save money and ensure that older people remain independent.Read more at Monash University