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Aging Well and the Environment: Toward an Integrative Model and Research Agenda for the Future

Aging Well and the Environment: Toward an Integrative Model and Research Agenda for the Future Purpose of the Study:The effects of the physicalspatialtechnical environment on aging well have been overlooked both conceptually and empirically. In the spirit of M. Powell Lawtons seminal work on aging and environment, this article attempts to rectify this situation by suggesting a new model of how older people interact with their environment.Design and Methods:Goals of the paper include (a) integration of the essential elements of the ecology and aging literature, particularly in regard to Lawtons research, (b) development of connections between traditional theories of ecology of aging and life span developmental models of aging well, (c) acknowledgment of the pronounced historical and cohort-related changes affecting the interactions of older people with their environment, and (d) discussion of the implications of this analysis for concepts and theories of aging well.Results:The model builds on a pair of concepts: environment as related to agency and belonging, founded in motivational psychology, and developmental science.Implications:After describing the models key components, we discuss its heuristic potential in four propositions for future gerontological research and identify implications of the model for future empirical research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Gerontologist Oxford University Press

Aging Well and the Environment: Toward an Integrative Model and Research Agenda for the Future

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Oxford University Press
Copyright
The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.
Subject
FEATURE ARTICLE
ISSN
0016-9013
eISSN
1758-5341
DOI
10.1093/geront/gnr154
pmid
22419248
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Abstract

Purpose of the Study:The effects of the physicalspatialtechnical environment on aging well have been overlooked both conceptually and empirically. In the spirit of M. Powell Lawtons seminal work on aging and environment, this article attempts to rectify this situation by suggesting a new model of how older people interact with their environment.Design and Methods:Goals of the paper include (a) integration of the essential elements of the ecology and aging literature, particularly in regard to Lawtons research, (b) development of connections between traditional theories of ecology of aging and life span developmental models of aging well, (c) acknowledgment of the pronounced historical and cohort-related changes affecting the interactions of older people with their environment, and (d) discussion of the implications of this analysis for concepts and theories of aging well.Results:The model builds on a pair of concepts: environment as related to agency and belonging, founded in motivational psychology, and developmental science.Implications:After describing the models key components, we discuss its heuristic potential in four propositions for future gerontological research and identify implications of the model for future empirical research.

Journal

The GerontologistOxford University Press

Published: Jun 14, 2012

Keywords: Ecology theory of aging Physical–spatial–technical environment Agency Belonging Person–environment resources

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