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‘Community connectedness’ is the product of fostering the engagement of older people in their community. There is robust evidence to show that older people greatly benefit from the opportunities of engaging in activities within the broader environments where they live. Community based activities can support the development of social networks and the growth of new roles. The broader community offers the potential for new learning and leisure interests. This is not a one-way process: it should not be forgotten that communities can greatly benefit from the contribution of older people.

It is evident that the issues concerned with community connectedness cross over many of the topic areas addressed in different themes within the programme, however this element specifically addresses three areas: transport, opportunities for new learning and introducing and experiencing new technologies.