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Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 38, 2018

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Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 38, 2018

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Environments in an Aging Society: Autobiographical Perspectives in Environmental Gerontology


  • Habib Chaudhury PhD
  • Frank Oswald PhD



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Through the autobiographical perspectives of 16 preeminent researchers and scholars of Environmental Gerontology, this state-of-the-art Annual Review critically examines the broad range of topics that comprise this interdisciplinary field. The writings of these individuals, who have contributed to and shaped the growth of the field over the past three-plus decades, trace the growth and evolution of Environmental Gerontology and provide understanding of, and insights on, the role of environments for older adults and an aging society at multiple levels.

The book examines the origins and growth of Environmental Gerontology, how the personal influences and professional choices of each author is linked to its development, the contextual factors influencing its biographical-intellectual evolution, and its potential implications for an aging society. The Review encompasses research and scholarship in diverse scales/contexts of the physical/built environment; diversity of disciplinary backgrounds represented by related social sciences, health sciences, and environmental design; basic/theoretical and applied/policy-oriented research; and more.

Key Features:

  • Promotes a critical understanding of the state of science and art in Environmental Gerontology
  • Examines the origin, evolution, development, and future perspective of the field through the unique autobiographical lens of its worldwide pioneers
  • Represents theoretical/substantive/applied perspectives through the reflections of preeminent scholars
  • Focuses on intellectual development of pioneers in the field

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 30, 2017
  • Page Count 312
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826179869

Table of Contents 


About the Volume Editors

Habib Chaudhury

Frank Oswald


Forthcoming and Previous Volumes in the Series


Chapter 1: In the Rearview Mirror: Personal Reflections in Environmental Gerontology

Habib Chaudhury and Frank Oswald

PART 1: Conceptual Evolution in Environmental Gerontology

Chapter 2: The Environment as Developmental Context: In All Ages but Certainly in Old Age

Hans-Werner Wahl

Chapter 3: Being There: Personal Reflection on a Quest for Understanding the Meaning of Place in Environmental Gerontology

Graham Rowles

Chapter 4: Intellectual Origins of Residential Normalcy Theory

Stephen Golant

Chapter 5: Personal Biography and the Development of Gerontological Environmental Theory

Robert Rubinstein

PART 2: Home and Neighborhood

Chapter 6: Reflections on a Professional Journey to Making Home Life Better for Older Adults and Families

Laura Gitlin

Chapter 7: From Occupational Therapy to Environmental Gerontology

Susanne Iwarsson

Chapter 8: Home Thoughts

Sheila Peace

Chapter 9: Housing for Older Adults: A Personal Journey in Environmental Gerontology

Jon Pynoos

Chapter 10: The Role of Community and the Environment in the Lives of Older People: Understanding Local and Global Social Change

Chris Phillipson

Chapter 11: A “Good Fit”: Professionally Aging in Small Kansas Towns

Rick Scheidt

PART 3: Care Environments: Housing with Support Services and Long Term Care Settings

Chapter 12: Finding Place: An Intellectual Journey

Benyamin Schwarz

Chapter 13: The Art of Questioning

Margaret Calkins

Chapter 14: A Compelling Societal Problem Makes for a Good Professional Life

Victor Regnier

Chapter 15: Discovering Environment-Behavior Studies: A Personal Adventure

John Zeisel

Chapter 16: A Career Outside the Mainstream

Edward Steinfeld