Residential Choices and Experiences of Older Adults: Pathways to Life Quality

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Based on the Pathways to Life Quality longitudinal research study, this book explores the ways in which older adults' residential choices impact their health and well-being. The study examines the factors associated with life quality for persons living on their own in the local community, as well as those in various housing arrangements such as a continuing care retirement facility, adult home, income-subsidized housing, and senior apartments. Topics include plans and adjustment to moving; role identities; social relationships, participation, and integration; health and activity patterns; and coping with life events.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826119544
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. Krout, PhD, is Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Gerontology Institute at Ithaca College. He has written over 50 book chapters and articles, and published in a wide range of academic journals. He has received over a dozen grants to support his research program in rural aging issues and community-based services for older adults. His book include Service Delivery to Rural Older Adults: Research, Policy, and Practice, co-edited with R. Turner Goins (Springer Publishing, 2006).

Elaine Wethington, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Human Development at Cornell University and is Co-Director of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging. Dr. Wethington is a medical sociologist, specializing in the study of stressors and mental health. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan. She is the co-principal investigator and pilot studies director for the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA). CITRA fosters the development of community-based research on aging in New York City by engaging gerontologists, geriatricians, and geropsychiatrists on Cornell's geographically dispersed campuses in research projects that directly relate to the needs of aging people in New York City. CITRA is an Edward R. Roybal Center, supported by the National Institute on Aging. To date, CITRA has funded studies to assess the demographic characteristics of those who receive home-delivered meals, deliver telephone-based mental health assistance to caregivers, survey the experiences of retired artists, and study end-of-life decision making in diverse groups. The institute also sponsors research reviews for practitioners in New York City among other outreach activities.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction
• Introduction, John A. Krout and Elaine Wethington
Section 2: Housing Decision Making, Satisfaction, and Adaptation
• Residential Relocation, John A. Krout, Heidi Holmes, Mary Ann Erickson, and Sarah Wolle
• Housing Satisfaction: Design Lessons from the Community, Paul E. Eshelman, Gary W. Evans, and Shinobu Utamura
Section 3: Role Identities and Social Participation
• Roles, Identities, and Residence: Continuity and Changes in Later Adulthood, Phyllis Moen, Donna Dempster-McClain, Mary Ann Erickson, and Alice Boyce
• Social Participation and Integration, Mart Ann Erickson and Phyllis Moen
Section 4: Service Utilization, Health, and Well-Being
• Housing, Health, and Disability, Heidi Holmes, Katherine Beissner, Kelly Walsh, and John A. Krout
• Utilization of Community-Based Services, Heidi Holmes, John A. Krout, and Sarah Wolle
Section 5: Well-Being and Adjustment
• Residential Differences in Life Stress and Perceived Health, Elaine Wethington
• Continuity and Change in Subjective Well-Being, Alice Boyce, Elaine Wethington, and Phyllis Moen
Section 6: Conclusion
• Lessons for Providers and Consumers, John A. Krout and Karl Pillemer
• Summary and Conclusions, Elaine Wethington and John A. Krout

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