Successful Aging

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  • Title: Successful Aging: Integrating Physical and Social Perspectives into a Continuing Care Retirement Community
  • Author(s): Kristi Gaines, Zane Curry, Jessica Grabham
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Aging & Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Aging and Society
  • Keywords: Aging, Retirement, New Urbanism
  • Volume: 7
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2016
  • ISSN: 2160-1909 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2160-1917 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2160-1909/CGP/v07i02/47-58
  • Citation: Grabham, Jessica, Zane Curry, and Kristi Gaines. 2016. "Successful Aging: Integrating Physical and Social Perspectives into a Continuing Care Retirement Community." The International Journal of Aging and Society 7 (2): 47-58. doi:10.18848/2160-1909/CGP/v07i02/47-58.
  • Extent: 58 pages

Abstract

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.