|Published online: November 10, 2016||$US5.00|
The primary purpose of this review of literature was to determine the physical and social factors of long-term care environments that promote “successful” aging for older adults. The determined factors were used to develop a continuing care, retirement community prototype using principles of new urbanism and traditional neighborhood and new elder-friendly design concepts. The study found that an engagement with life and social connections have a significant impact on one’s ability to age successfully. Both the physical and social environments of long-term care play a significant role in creating a sense of community and a higher perceived quality of life.
|Keywords:||Aging, Retirement, New Urbanism|
LEED AP BID+C, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
Professor Emeritus, Department of Design, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA
Assistant Professor, Department of Design, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA