Doctoral Thesis

The Role of Social and Built Environments in Supporting Older Adults´ Social Interaction

The social and built environments at the neighbourhood level have been linked to older adults´ neighbourhood social interaction which, in turn, contributes towards ageing-in-place, wellbeing, and quality of life. Currently, however, there is no clear understanding about the relative strength and nature of these relationships across a diverse range of neighbourhood features.

Practice Mining for the Development of Sustainable Retirement Villages in Australia

Sustainable development has been widely accepted as a way of understanding the relationship of humanity with nature and between people. Since the community is the basic unit of sustainable living, sustainable practices need to be incorporated into their developments.

What constitutes a good place to age? A qualitative exploration of the concept of home in varied aging contexts

This research explores Chinese older adults’ perceptions of home in varied aging contexts and assesses the process of obtaining a feeling of home after relocation in an old age. Two sets of qualitative data were drawn for the study: one collected in Atlanta, Georgia to understand Chinese older immigrants’ home-making experiences in the U.S.

Staying Power: Aging in Community and the Village Model

In the US, older adults are remaining in their homes in increasing numbers and are part of a paradigm shift that is transferring healthcare services from a centralized institutional model to a decentralized home-based model. However, a majority of homes older adults reside in lack basic accessibility features and are in predominantly suburban locations that have limited transportation options.

The Role of the Socio-Physical Environment on Aging in Place for Older Adults in Cohousing and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities

The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of the influence of the physical and social environment of home and neighbourhood on aging in place processes among older adults in NORC and cohousing communities in Canada.

Adopting the Lifelong Communities Initiative in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area

The older adult population in the US has been growing since 1950. The quality of life of older citizens may be reduced if adopted Lifelong Communities (LLC) initiative principles are executed poorly or not at all. The purpose of this case study was to describe and explore the experiences of local government officials in Atlanta, Georgia who have adopted LLC initiatives.

Perspectives on ageing in place: Older adults' experiences of everyday life in urban neighbourhoods.

The Dutch government has implemented ageing in place policies in order to postpone and decrease expensive institutionalised care.

Aging in Place: Perceptions of Older Adults on Low Income Housing Waitlists

The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of aging in place from the perspective of older adults with low incomes, and to understand the process in making the decision to move to age-segregated housing.

Neighbourhoods for ageing in place

The provision of support for ageing in place has become an important imperative in the redefinition of health and social care policy. Governments agree that the ability of older people to continue living in their neighbourhoods has economic and social value. Ageing in place policies thus fuel the need for supportive neighbourhoods that accommodate older people’s needs.

Oscillating in and out of place: Experiences of newly homeless older adults in Montreal, Quebec

While aging in place research has burgeoned over the past few decades, scant research has examined experiences of older adults who are becoming homeless for the first time. Drawing on the geographic concept of place, defined as a dynamic, politicized, meaningful location, constructivist grounded theory methodology, observations, document analysis and in depth interviews with 15 newly homeless old
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