Environmental Gerontology

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Environmental Gerontology

SKU# 9780826108135

Making Meaningful Places in Old Age

Editors:

  • Graham D. Rowles PhD
  • Miriam Bernard PhD
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[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

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 20, 2013
  • Page Count 336
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826108135
  • EISBN 9780826108142

Table of Contents 

Prologue: Guide to the Reader

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO THE MEANING OF PLACE IN RESIDENTIAL AND PUBLIC SPACES

Chapter 1 The meaning and significance of place in old age

Chapter 2 Social interactions in public spaces and places: a conceptual overview

PART II: PRIVATE RESIDENCES

Chapter 3 Creating and sustaining homelike places in own home environments

Chapter 4 A place of one's own: Reinterpreting the meaning of home among childless older women

PART III: LONG-TERM CARE ENVIRONMENTS

Chapter 5 The complex process of becoming at-home in assisted living

Chapter 6 Creating homelike places in institutional care settings in Ireland

Chapter 7 Remembering home in remembered places

PART IV: PUBLIC SPACES

Chapter 8 Mobility in Outdoor Environments in Old Age

Chapter 9 Older people's use of unfamiliar space

Chapter 10 Building relational spaces and places: Intergenerational pathways for entering into the mainstream of life

Chapter 11 Creating homelike places in a purpose-built retirement village in England.

PART V: CHALLENGES OF APPLICATION

Chapter 12 Past, present and future in designing private and public environments for creating and sustaining place