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Environmental Gerontology
What Now?





ISBN 9781138944497
Published July 22, 2015 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. First Words Benyamin Schwarz and Rick J. Scheidt

PART I: PARADIGMS, THEORIES, AND CONTEXT: STOCK-TAKING AND NEW GROUND

2. Environmental Gerontology: What Now? Benyamin Schwarz

3. The Quest for a New Paradigm: A Need to Rewire the Way We Think Leon A. Pastalan

4. Out of Their Residential Comfort and Mastery Zones: Toward a More Relevant Environmental Gerontology Stephen M. Golant

5. Environmental Gerontology for the Future: Community-Based Living for the Third Age Lyn Geboy, Keith Diaz Moore and Erin Kate Smith

PART II: METHODS AND MEASURES: ISSUES AND APPLICATIONS

6. Implementation of Research-Based Strategies to Foster Person–Environment Fit in Housing Environments: Challenges and Experiences during 20 Years Susanne Iwarsson

7. On the Quantitative Assessment of Perceived Housing in Later Life Frank Oswald and Roman Kaspar

8. Building a "Practice-Based" Research Agenda: Emerging Scholars Confront a Changing Landscape in Long-Term Care Migette L. Kaup, Mark A. Proffitt and Addie M. Abushousheh

PART III: TRANSFORMING ENVIRONMENTS: HOME AND COMMUNITY CONTEXTS

9. Age-friendly Philadelphia: Bringing Diverse Networks Together around Aging Issues Kate Clark and Allen Glicksman

10. Assessing and Adapting the Home Environment to Reduce Falls and Meet the Changing Capacity of Older Adults Jon Pynoos, Bernard A. Steinman, Anna Quyen Do Nguyen and Matthew Bressette

11. Aging and Dying in Place: A Personal Journey Ruth Brent Tofle

PART IV: TRANSFORMING ENVIRONMENTS: CARE-BASED SETTINGS

12. Veterans Health Administration: A Model for Transforming Nursing Home Care Sonne Lemke

13. European Long-Term Care Models: An Interview with Victor Regnier Rick J. Scheidt

14. Design for Dementia Care: A Retrospective Look at the Woodside Place Model Stefani Danes

PART V: INTO THE LIGHT: POPULATIONS AND TOPICS DESERVING MORE ATTENTION

15. Understudied Older Populations and Settings in Environmental Gerontology: Candidates for Future Research Rick J. Scheidt and Carolyn Norris-Baker

16. The Dark Side: Stigma in Purpose-Built Senior Environments Regina Hrybyk, Robert L. Rubinstein, J. Kevin Eckert, Ann Christine Frankowski, Lynn Keimig, Mary Nemec, Amanda D. Peeples, Erin Roth and Patrick J. Doyle

17. The Role of the Social Environment on Physical and Mental Health of Older Adults Julie A. Norstrand, Allen Glicksman, James Lubben and Morton Kleban

18. Last Words Rick J. Scheidt and Benyamin Schwarz

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Editor(s)

Biography

Rick J. Scheidt is a Professor of Lifespan Human Development at Kansas State University, USA. His research focuses on the ecology of aging in small rural towns. He has served on numerous editorial boards and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Psychological Society, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Benyamin Schwarz is a Professor in the Department of Architectural Studies at the University of Missouri, USA. He has designed numerous facilities for the elderly in Israel and in the United States. His research addresses issues of long-term care settings and fundamentals of Environmental Gerontology. He has been the Editor of the Journal of Housing for the Elderly since 2000.