Given age-related health restrictions, the importance of the environment for life satisfaction may increase in later life.
Currently in Europe as well as in the United States, an increasing proportion of very old people remain living in their homes despite declines in physical and mental health.
The meaning of home in later life provides a perfect example of how strongly "objective" contextual factors and "subjective" representations are linked as people age. Although a considerable body of research has been published on the meaning of home among elders, the literature is still plagued by pronounced conceptual and empirical diversity.
This article discusses the cross-national project Enabling Autonomy, Participation, and Well-Being in Old Age: The Home Environment as a Determinant for Healthy Ageing. Cross-national, interdisciplinary research always entails challenges, while those involving person-environment research have not yet been reported much in the literature.