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  • Title: From Aging in Community to Age-friendly Community: Translating Applied Research into Practice
  • Author(s): Hyer Kathyrn
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Aging & Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Aging and Society
  • Keywords: Community-based Participatory Research, Qualitative Methods, Program Development
  • Volume: 6
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2016
  • ISSN: 2160-1909 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2160-1917 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2160-1909/CGP/v06i04/59-71
  • Citation: Black, Kathy, and Hyer Kathyrn. 2016. "From Aging in Community to Age-friendly Community: Translating Applied Research into Practice ." The International Journal of Aging and Society 6 (4): 59-71. doi:10.18848/2160-1909/CGP/v06i04/59-71.
  • Extent: 13 pages

Abstract

As the world’s population continues to grow older, many communities are seeking to enhance the experience of daily life via age-friendly approaches. This paper recounts the development of an age-friendly community that began with the findings from a study that sought to enhance aging with dignity and independence in a southeastern United States community in which one-third of the residents are age sixty-five or older. Findings revealed six “actionable” themes: (1) Meaningful Involvement; (2) Aging in Place; (3) Respect and Inclusion; (4) Communication and Information; (5) Transportation and Mobility; and (6) Health and Well-being. The findings were independently aligned with the World Health Organization’s eight domains of livability and served to propel efforts toward the creation of the global age-friendly community designation. Research approaches are explicated, and programmatic efforts aimed at enhancing practice change on both individual and organization levels are presented.