Successful Aging: Integrating Physical and Social Perspectives into a Continuing Care Retirement Community

By Jessica Grabham, Zane Curry and Kristi Gaines.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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Article: Print $US10.00
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

The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.47-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 10, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.221MB)).

Jessica Grabham

LEED AP BID+C, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Dr. Zane Curry

Professor Emeritus, Department of Design, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA

Kristi Gaines

Assistant Professor, Department of Design, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA