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Environments and Aging

Environments and Aging SANDRA C. HOWELL, W.D., M.P.H. DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE MASSCICHCTSETTS TNSTIT~ OF TECHNOLOGY C~MBWE, ~~ASSACHUSBTTS Research into the environments that surround and impinge upon the lives of aging persons is still in relative infancy. As in all emerging areas of knowledge, early efforts have tended to be predominantly descriptive and exploratory in the sense that they reflect the interests of researchers in domains other than the environmental. Instruments and variables specific to environment-behavior interactions are only gradually emerging. Ulti- mately, validation and maturation of these instruments will allow us to define a cumulative body of knowledge about how people interact with a broad spectnun of physicaI and social environments. This chapter attempts to review and organize the literature in a way that may prove additive for future researchers. It is, therefore, not in- tended to be exhaustive of all recent studies of environment and aging. A number of primary variables in both environments and behaviors that have been suggested as being important are discussed and some recorn- mendations as to needed further effort are offered. ENVIRONMENTS IN PERSPECTIVE Let us acknowledge from the beginning that built environments are the conscious products of social and economic institutions and are mani- festations http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics Springer Publishing

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Springer Publishing
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0198-8794
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1944-4036
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10.1891/0198-8794.1.1.237
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SANDRA C. HOWELL, W.D., M.P.H. DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE MASSCICHCTSETTS TNSTIT~ OF TECHNOLOGY C~MBWE, ~~ASSACHUSBTTS Research into the environments that surround and impinge upon the lives of aging persons is still in relative infancy. As in all emerging areas of knowledge, early efforts have tended to be predominantly descriptive and exploratory in the sense that they reflect the interests of researchers in domains other than the environmental. Instruments and variables specific to environment-behavior interactions are only gradually emerging. Ulti- mately, validation and maturation of these instruments will allow us to define a cumulative body of knowledge about how people interact with a broad spectnun of physicaI and social environments. This chapter attempts to review and organize the literature in a way that may prove additive for future researchers. It is, therefore, not in- tended to be exhaustive of all recent studies of environment and aging. A number of primary variables in both environments and behaviors that have been suggested as being important are discussed and some recorn- mendations as to needed further effort are offered. ENVIRONMENTS IN PERSPECTIVE Let us acknowledge from the beginning that built environments are the conscious products of social and economic institutions and are mani- festations

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Annual Review of Gerontology & GeriatricsSpringer Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 1980

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