Environmental Gerontology

This volume translates the insights derived from contemporary research on residential environments and public spaces that enhance well-being into practical recommendations for the design of such beneficial community environments.

Environmental Gerontology

Author: Graham D. Rowles, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826108148

Page: 336

View: 194

"[This book] addresses issues on both sides of the Atlantic; examines the theoretical underpinnings of environmental gerontology...; and provides useful practical applications and guiding principles....Recommended."--Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries The environments in which people live out their later lives have a strong impact on their identity and provide opportunities for nourishing social interactions. This volume translates the insights derived from contemporary research on residential environments and public spaces that enhance well-being into practical recommendations for the design of such beneficial community environments. The text is grounded in the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of current research on place attachment, environmental meaning, and community living in later life. Emphasis is placed on how to design residential spaces that facilitate the development of a sense of place or home, and investigation is made into the kinds of lifestyles such spaces foster and support. A major theme pervading the text is the juxtaposition of private and public space. The book also addresses such themes as the transformation of spaces into places of personal identification and attachment, the need for shared intergenerational spaces, and consideration of diverse populations when designing public spaces. The book also considers how emerging public policy agendas affect the development and management of environments for the elderly. Environmental Gerontology includes the contributions of scholars in anthropology, architecture, economics, education, geography, gerontology, planning, psychology, sociology, and numerous health sciences, who hail from North America, Europe, and Asia. With its strong interdisciplinary focus, this text offers innovative and judicious recommendations for the creation of community environments that are truly beneficial for older adults. Key Features: Provides an up-to-date synthesis of the latest research on the meaning of place to older people and its relationship to well-being Offers fresh insight and critical perspectives on community planning and environmental design Considers private residences, retirement communities, long-term care facilities, and public and private community spaces Includes guiding principles for environmental design and practice relevant to the documented needs of older people Synthesizes contributions from international scholars in many disciplines

Environmental Gerontology

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Housing for the Elderly.

Environmental Gerontology

Author: Rick J. Scheidt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317981340

Page: 338

View: 659

Environmental gerontology – the research on aging and environment – evolved during the late 1960s, when the domain became a relevant topic due to societal concerns with the problems of housing for elderly people. The field proliferated during the 1970s and 1980s, and remains viable and active today on an international scale. However, in recent times, the viability of the field and its future has been brought into question. In this volume, international experts across diverse areas reflect on the current progress of their respective disciplines, illustrating research-grounded benefits emerging from their work, and suggesting new agenda that can guide progress in the future. The contributors address a wide range of issues, including: evaluation of existing paradigms and new theories that might advance both research and training; issues and applications in methods, measures, and empirically-generated research agenda; innovative approaches to environmental transformations in home, community, and long-term care settings; and understudied populations and issues in environmental gerontology. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Housing for the Elderly.

Environmental Gerontology in Europe and Latin America

This book looks at the relationships between the physical-social environment and the elderly in Europe and Latin America, from the Environmental Gerontology perspective and through geographical and psychosocial approaches.

Environmental Gerontology in Europe and Latin America

Author: Diego Sánchez-González

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319214195

Page: 306

View: 909

This book looks at the relationships between the physical-social environment and the elderly in Europe and Latin America, from the Environmental Gerontology perspective and through geographical and psychosocial approaches. It addresses the main environmental issues of population ageing, based on an understanding of the complex relationships, adjustments and adaptations between different environments (home, residence, public spaces, landscapes, neighbourhoods, urban and rural environment) and the quality of life of the ageing population, associated with residential strategies and other aspects related to health and dependency. The different levels of socio-spatial analysis are also explored: macro (urban and rural environments, regions and landscapes), meso (neighbourhood, public space) and micro (personal, home and institution). New theoretical and methodological approaches are proposed to analyse the attributes and functions of the physical-social environment of the elderly, as well as new ways of living the ageing process. All will have to respond to the challenges of urbanisation, globalisation and climate change in the 21st century. Also, the different experiences and challenges of public planning and management professionals involved with the growing ageing population are presented, and will require greater association and collaboration with the academic and scientific fields of Environmental Gerontology.

Aging Independently

In the next section of this chapter , following a brief historical overview , a profile
of environmental gerontology is suggested based on answers regarding 2
questions critical for the field : ( 1 ) What rationale lies behind environmental ...

Aging Independently

Author: Hans-Werner Wahl

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826118547

Page: 355

View: 320

The Many Faces of Health Competence and Well Being in Old Age

PERSPECTIVE IN AGEING RESEARCH The person - environment perspective
in ageing research , frequently coined environmental gerontology , draws upon
the ...

The Many Faces of Health  Competence and Well Being in Old Age

Author: Hans-Werner Wahl

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402041372

Page: 267

View: 668

Hans-Werner Wahl, Hermann Brenner, Heidrun Mollenkopf, Dietrich Rothenbacher and Christoph Rott Ageing research has been identi'ed as a prototypical ?eld of inquiry deserving the full exploitation of single discipline approaches and interdisciplinary synergies amongst these single perspectives. Although this is a generally accepted insight, there still is a strong need to provide models of how this global and most fundamental challenge can be dealt with. It seems in any case necessary to narrow down the wide scope of ageing research issues to sets of key constructs most promising in terms of interdisciplinary cross-fertilisation. Againstthis,themajoraimofthebookistoprovideacomprehensive treatment of one well-selected set of key issues of recent ageing research, i. e. health, competence and well-being. In addition, the book's ambition is to identify priorities for future ageing research and to further new avenues for interdisciplinary approaches and social policy applications. The substance of the book is based on an international conference which took place on June 18 and 19, 2004 in Heidelberg, Germany. Framed within the array of health, competence and well-being perspectives in ageing research, the idea of the conf- ence was to provide an integrated presentation of ?ndings generated in the German Centre for Research on Ageing at the University of Heidelberg (Deutsches Zentrum f ̈ ur Alternsforschung, DZFA). The centre's three departments, i. e.

Ageing in Urban Neighbourhoods

TWO Environmental gerontology [ T ] he right to a decent environment is an
inalienable right and requires no empirical justification . ( Lawton , 1980 , p 160 )
Introduction Society has reached a historical period in the demographic profile of
the ...

Ageing in Urban Neighbourhoods

Author: Allison E. Smith

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781847422705

Page: 242

View: 589

This title draws attention to the impact of urban deprivation on older people's lives.

Encyclopedia of Gerontology

Theories considering the objective dimension of person - environment relations
have primarily focused on level and type of ... Mission and Ambition of
Environmental Gerontology Environmental gerontology strives to understand the
role of the ...

Encyclopedia of Gerontology

Author: James E. Birren


ISBN: 9780123706454

Page: 777

View: 698

A comprehensive source that offers a multidisciplinary overview of all aspects of aging.

Handbook of the Psychology of Aging

individuals , from different groups of frail environment , the appearance of a novel
elderly to " normal " or " successfully ... I review the empirical research on home
environments to enhance independenvironmental gerontology by roughly ence ...

Handbook of the Psychology of Aging

Author: James E. Birren

Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing

ISBN: 9780121012632

Page: 677

View: 253

The Handbook of the Psychology of Aging has become the definitive reference source for information on the psychology of adult development and aging. The Fifth Edition provides comprehensive reviews of research on biological and social influences on behavior and age-related changes in psychological function. In addition to covering environmental influences on behavior and aging and gender differences in aging, new chapters in the Fifth Edition discuss wisdom, creativity, and technological change and the older worker. This handbook is an essential reference for researchers in adult development and gerontology and suitable as an advanced textbook for courses on the psychology of aging.

101 Careers in Gerontology Second Edition

... of Gerontological Environments (SAGE): www.sagefederation.org □ The
Environmental Design Research Association ... edra.org □ Environment-
Gerontology Network: www.edra.org/content/ environment-gerontology
Institute on Aging ...

101  Careers in Gerontology  Second Edition

Author: C. Joanne Grabinski, MA, ABD, FAGHE

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826120091

Page: 300

View: 513

"101+ Careers is rich with useful information. I highly recommend the book for any student, emerging, or re-careering professional exploring their options for a career in gerontology and the resources they may need to go about pursuing it." Jarmin Yeh, Institute for Health and Aging and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco American Society on Aging Blog Describes a wealth of diverse career opportunities in gerontology and how to prepare for them How do you know if a career in gerontology is right for you? What opportunities exist in the field? Completely updated to reflect significant changes to policy and management of resources, the second edition of 101 Careers in Gerontology provides a wealth of helpful and timely guidance in this rapidly growing field. Written for all levels of job seekers ranging from community college students to credential-seeking professionals, the book outlines a multitude of opportunities that dovetail with careers ranging from sociologist and home care agency administrator to architect and documentary filmmaker. Interviews with practitioners provide insight into job particulars and the experience of starting out with a degree versus on-the-job learning. The book describes five emerging gerontology-related fields, updates already existing job profiles including salary scales, and includes many new careers and their education requirements. New interviews are replete with advice and job search tips. Surprising additions to the list of career profiles include financial planner for elders, custom clothier, health coach, social or cultural historian, travel/tourism specialist, senior theater director, and many others. This second edition encompasses career changes and opportunities resulting from the newly created Administration for Community Living, and those influenced by policy changes in Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Also new to the second edition are lists of gerontology professional organizations that can be helpful career search resources and links to professional organizations and other websites specific to each career profile. Changes to the Second Edition Include: Many new careers and their education requirements Updated job profiles including salary scales A description of three types of gerontology career pathsand how to prepare for them Coverage of such emerging fields as entrepreneurial gerontology, global aging, journalism and aging, and urban gerontology Career changes resulting from policy changes in relevant government agencies Lists of professional organizations and websites specific to each career profile 13 new interviews and 12 interviews updated from first edition Information about national, international, and local gerontology organizations including student and new professional member sections Updated and expanded glossary of acronyms

Resilience in Aging

Environmental. Intervention. to. Increase. Aging. Resilience. Julie Netherland,
Ruth Finkelstein, and Paula Gardner As the ... Since the 1980s, the field of
environmental gerontology has emphasized the influence of environment on
aging and ...

Resilience in Aging

Author: Barbara Resnick

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441902320

Page: 365

View: 978

The many significant technological and medical advances of the 21st century cannot overcome the escalating risk posed to older adults by such stressors as pain, weakness, fatigue, depression, anxiety, memory and other cognitive deficits, hearing loss, visual impairment, isolation, marginalization, and physical and mental illness. In order to overcome these and other challenges, and to maintain as high a quality of life as possible, older adults and the professionals who treat them need to promote and develop the capacity for resilience, which is innate in all of us to some degree. The purpose of this book is to provide the current scientific theory, clinical guidelines, and real-world interventions with regard to resilience as a clinical tool. To that end, the book addresses such issues as concepts and operationalization of resilience; relevance of resilience to successful aging; impact of personality and genetics on resilience; relationship between resilience and motivation; relationship between resilience and survival; promoting resilience in long-term care; and the lifespan approach to resilience. By addressing ways in which the hypothetical and theoretical concepts of resilience can be applied in geriatric practice, Resilience in Aging provides inroads to the current knowledge and practice of resilience from the perspectives of physiology, psychology, culture, creativity, and economics. In addition, the book considers the impact of resilience on critical aspects of life for older adults such as policy issues (e.g., nursing home policies, Medicare guidelines), health and wellness, motivation, spirituality, and survival. Following these discussions, the book focuses on interventions that increase resilience. The intervention chapters include case studies and are intended to be useful at the clinical level. The book concludes with a discussion of future directions in optimizing resilience in the elderly and the importance of a lifespan approach to aging.

On the Special Needs of Blind and Low Vision Seniors

Conceptually , our study draws upon two psychological perspectives , namely
environmental gerontology and research on psychological resilience . From the
perspective of environmental gerontology , a significant loss of vision should lead
to ...

On the Special Needs of Blind and Low Vision Seniors

Author: Hans-Werner Wahl

Publisher: IOS Press

ISBN: 9781586031527

Page: 351

View: 192

Main headings: I. Basic positions. - II. Epidemiology and medical-ophthalmological research. - III. Psychosocial issues and daily living skills in different settings: empirical and conceptual contributions. - IV. Intervention and rehabilitation: empirical and conceptual contributions. - V. Educational issues: programs, media, self-help and new technologies. - VI. Learning from each other in an international perspective. - VII. Look into the future.

Environment And Identity In Later Life

This book is about placing the self in later life and the interaction between
environment and identity. ... by introducing these concepts and reviewing some of
the main theoretical and methodological developments in environmental

Environment And Identity In Later Life

Author: Peace, Sheila

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335227414

Page: 182

View: 664

Throughout life, our everyday interactions with material, social, and psychological environments influence our self identity: and 'who we think we are' influences how we behave in particular places. In later life, people bring to this relationship a lifetime's experience that makes certain associations more or less important. This book explores the relationship between environment and identity for older people. In this detailed ethnographic study, older people talk in depth about their situations and experiences of space and place. The book examines the experience of men and women of different ages and cultures living in a range of different kinds of places, including 'ordinary' and 'special' housing - from a high-rise flat to a residential care home - in semi-rural, urban and metropolitan locations within the Midlands and south-east England. This research enables us to appreciate how older people manage their needs within the context of their whole lives. Many are able to achieve a 'life of quality' as they constantly engage and re-engage with their environment. The discussion of how environmental complexity influences people in developing and maintaining their own identity is essential for those involved in planning, designing, caring and supporting people as they age. Environment and Identity in Later Life is key reading for students, practitioners and policy makers interested in quality of life for older people.

Quality of Life in Old Age

In addition to the social environment, the maintenance and improvement of
autonomy and well-being of ageing ... of QoL, in this chapter, we will concentrate
– in line with what frequently has been coined environmental gerontology (
Lawton, ...

Quality of Life in Old Age

Author: Heidrun Mollenkopf

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402056826

Page: 260

View: 330

This volume brings together leading researchers on quality of life in old age to focus on one of the most important issues in both gerontology and quality of life studies. There are very few texts available on this topic and none of an international and multi-disciplinary nature. For these reasons and the high quality of the authors we have assembled, this will be a seminal text for both gerontology and quality of life researchers.

Universal Design as a Rehabilitation Strategy

Environment and occupational performance: Theoretical Considerations. ... The
importance of including the home environment in assessment of frail older
people. Journal of the ... Environmental gerontology: Progress in the postLawton

Universal Design as a Rehabilitation Strategy

Author: Jon A. Sanford, M.Arch

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826125530

Page: 304

View: 422

A unique resource for rehabilitation engineers, design and building professionals, rehabilitation counselors, gerontologists, psychologists, and other health and mental health professionals, this volume covers the significance and impact of universal design as a change agent for social and health movements. With a focus that is both practical and visionary, it emphasizes how the use of universal design can promote increased performance and participation for the aging population and people with disabilities, while mitigating the stigma and segregation that often characterize traditional rehabilitation design strategies. Written by one of the few architecturally trained researchers engaged in environmental issues related to accessibility and design for aging, the book stresses that universal design is not solely for people with disabilities, but is about usability and inclusion for people of all levels of ability. It examines key social ecological models in rehabilitation for aging and disability, and sheds new light on health and disability at both the individual and population level. Particular attention is paid to the medical, functional, and environmental implications of disability, health care and disability systems, and the psychosocial and cultural issues pertinent to rehabilitation counseling. Key Features: Examines the medical, functional, and environmental implications of disability Addresses health care and disability systems Discusses psychosocial and cultural issues pertinent to rehabilitation counseling Rooted in the concepts of social equity and inclusivity through participation of older adults and disabled individuals in community and societal roles Provides a visionary yet practical paradigm that transcends traditional design problem-solving

Designing a Better Day

Environmental fit is increasingly salient as a participant's competence becomes
compromised . ... Model of Aging ( EMA ) ( 1973 ) , which Scheidt and Norris -
Baker ( 2003 ) identify as the conceptual cornerstone of environmental
gerontology .

Designing a Better Day

Author: Keith Diaz Moore

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801884153

Page: 201

View: 916

As the U.S. population ages, adult day services have become an integral component in the continuum of care for elderly people. Providing a variety of social and medical services for cognitively or physically impaired elderly people who otherwise might reside in institutions, these facilities can be found in a variety of building types, from purpose-built facilities to the proverbial church basement. They also vary widely in their philosophies, case mix, funding mechanisms, and services. In this interdisciplinary study, Keith Diaz Moore, Lyn Dally Geboy, and Gerald D. Weisman offer guidance for planning and designing good-quality adult day services centers. They encourage architects, caregivers, and staff members to think beyond the building, organizational mission, and staffing structure to conceive of the place that emerges as an interrelated system of people, programming, and physical setting. Through case studies, thoughtful explanations, and well-crafted illustrations, Designing a Better Day provides caregivers, architects, and administrators tools with which they can make qualitative changes for participants and their families. Organized into three parts—creating awareness, increasing understanding, and taking action—this book will be a key resource for professionals involved in creating and maintaining effective adult day services centers.

The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology

Nancy A. Pachana, Ken Laidlaw. (1977, 1999), a chief advocate for
environmental gerontology as an emerging specialized field; evolving derivatives
include environmental modification and sociophysical considerations (Wahl and
Weisman ...

The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology

Author: Nancy A. Pachana

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191029106

Page: 600

View: 231

Throughout the world, the population of older adults continues to grow. The rise in geriatric populations has seen an increase in research on clinical diagnostic, assessment, and treatment issues aimed at this population. Clinical geropsychologists have increased their interest both in providing mental health services as well as developing approaches to improve quality of life for all older adults. The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology is a landmark publication in this field, providing broad and authoritative coverage of the research and practice issues in clinical geropsychology today, as well as innovations expanding the field's horizons. Comprising chapters from the foremost scholars in clinical geropsychology from around the world, the handbook captures the global proliferation of activity in this field. In addition to core sections on topics such as sources of psychological distress, assessment, diagnosis, and intervention, the handbook includes valuable chapters devoted to methodological issues such as longitudinal studies and meta-analyses in the field, as well as new and emerging issues such as technological innovations and social media use in older populations. Each chapter offers a review of the most pertinent international literature, outlining current issues as well as important cultural implications and key practice issues where relevant, and identifying possibilities for future research and policy applications. The book is essential to all psychology researchers, practitioners, educators, and students with an interest in the mental health of older adults. In addition, health professionals - including psychiatrists, social workers, mental health nurses, and trainee geriatric mental heatlh workers - will find this a invaluable resource. Older adults comprise a growing percentage of the population worldwide. Clinical psychologists with an interest in older populations have increased the amount of research and applied knowledge about effectively improving mental health later in life, and this book captures that information on an international level. The book addresses how to diagnose, assess and treat mental illness in older persons, as well as ways to improve quality of life in all older persons. It has a great breadth of coverage of the area, including chapters spanning how research is conducted to how new technologies such as virtual reality and social media are used with older people to improve mental health. The book would appeal to all psychology researchers, practitioners, educators and students with an interest in the mental health of older adults. It would also appeal to other health professionals, including psychiatrists, social workers, and mental health nurses who work with older people. It is a valuable resource for trainee geriatric mental health workers because it highlights key readings and important practice implications in the field.

Social Gerontology

Gender Economic determinants Health and social services Social determinants
Active Aging Behavioral determinants Physical environment Personal
determinants FIGURE 1.1 The Determinants of Active Aging SOURCE : World
Health ...

Social Gerontology

Author: Nancy R. Hooyman

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780205525614

Page: 776

View: 893

This best-selling, multidisciplinary, social aging text presents positive images of aging while considering the many factors that contribute to how aging individuals experiences life. Up-to-date and expanded, this text offers a comprehensive view that presents aging positively, portraying concepts of active aging and resiliency, and defining "productive aging" by elaborating on the numerous ways elders contribute to society and their families. Based on the latest research findings, it offers greater depth to critical issues of aging, attending to differences by age and cohort, gender, ethnic minority status, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.