Re-creating Neighborhoods for Successful Aging

Edited by Pauline S. Abbott, Ed.D., Nancy Carman, M.A., C.M.C., Jack Carman, F.A.S.L.A., and Bob Scarfo, Ph.D., M.L.A.

ISBN 978-1-932529-24-1
288 pages
6 x 9 papercover
© 2009

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The aging of the U.S. population and the rising average life span are transforming current perspectives on growing older, retirement, and senior living communities. To ensure that environments meet the changing needs of older adults, a reconception of housing, communities, and neighborhoods is required. Re-creating Neighborhoods for Successful Aging provides the foundation for confronting this pressing challenge.

Drawing from the fields of gerontology, health sciences, community planning, landscape architecture, and environmental design, this groundbreaking resource provides an in-depth examination of current elder housing practices and strategies, alongside goals for the future. Housing models, such as continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), shared housing, and co-housing, are evaluated, and best practice recommendations are presented.

Expert contributors also incisively explore interdisciplinary issues including

  • the casual relationship between health and the environment
  • challenges posed by America’s automobile-dependent suburban communities
  • elder-friendly design principles, including universal design and defensible space
  • restorative benefits of nature and green environments
  • assistive technology that can support older adults’ independence
  • retrofitting of naturally occurring retirements communities (NORCs)

The book closes with an inspiring look at opportunities for future collaboration of the health sciences and the planning and design professions for the realization of supportive, life-affirming communities that will result in healthy aging, active living, and continued social participation for older adults.

This compilation of research and practice is a vital tool for gerontologists, public health professionals, senior living administrators, rural and urban planners, architects, landscape architects, and policy makers.

About the Editors
Foreword by Robert N. Butler
Foreword by Robert H. McNulty

Section I. The World of Senior Living

Chapter 1. A History of Long-Term Care in the United States
(Nancy Carman)

Chapter 2. Public Health and the Built Environment
(Pauline Abbott)

Chapter 3. Geographic Information Systems: Health and Aging as a Spatial Construct
(Kerry R. Brooks and Bob Scarfo)

Chapter 4. Nature-Related Contact for Healthy Communities: From Hunter-Gatherer to Horticultural Theraoy
(Angela C. Pappas)

Section II. Supportive Environments in the Community, the Neighborhood, and at Home

Chapter 5. The Evolution of Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Not Your Grandmother’s Retirement Community
(Frank R. Mandy)

Chapter 6. Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities: Thriving through Creative Retrofitting
(P. Annie Kirk)

Chapter 7. Cohousing and Shared Housing
(Laura Bauer Granberry)

Chapter 8. Outdoor Environments Supportive of Independence and Aging Well
(Jack Carman and Edward Fox)

Chapter 9. Technology and Aging: Adapting Homes and Shopping Environments with Assistive Technologies
(Emi Kiyota)

Section III. Preparing for the Near and Distant Futures

Chapter 10. Collaboration as the Key to the Successful Future of Aging
(Bob Scarfo)


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Pauline S. Abbott, Ph.D., is the Director Emerita of the California State University Fullerton Institute of Gerontology. Her research interests include life-long learning and strategies for teaching older adults; life review and reminiscence; caregiving issues; and spontaneous social networks examining successful strategies that older women are creating to combat loneliness in age. She has presented this work at major conferences in the U.S. and internationally.

Dr. Abbott is a past president of the California Council of Gerontology and Geriatrics and in that capacity has developed and testified at a number of hearings of the California State Senate and Assembly committees on aging/long-term care. Dr. Abbott was recognized as the Shining Star of Education for 2006 by WomanSage, and by the Red Cross Association in 2003 for her work in aging.

Nancy Carman, M.A., C.M.C., is the Director of Marketing Services for New Life Management & Development, Inc., a national consulting firm that works with a variety of clients to develop, market, and manage continuing care retirement communities throughout the country. With more than 25 years in the field of aging, Nancy’s wealth of experience includes the creation and promotion of a unique hospital-based geriatric care management program, extensive senior focus group and support group work, successful grant writing, the development of age-sensitive training programs, and consulting in the senior housing industry.

She is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences addressing topics related to successful aging. A writer on important aging topics, Nancy wrote a monthly newspaper column, “Aging Well” for the Courier Post newspaper with a circulation throughout Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia for four years. For six years Nancy served as a board member for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is a mater’s prepared gerontologist from the University of South Florida in Tampa and is a certified Geriatric Care Manager.

Jack Carman, F.A.S.L.A., President of Design for Generations, LLC, is a landscape architect specializing in the design and development of therapeutic gardens and landscapes for senior communities and healthcare facilities. Jack actively works to promote the design and development of therapeutic gardens through speaking engagements, audio-conferences, and contributing to the publication of technical papers. Jack is founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Practice Committee on Healthcare and Therapeutic Landscapes.

Bob Scarfo, M.L.A., Ph.D., received both a master of science degree in geography and a doctorate degree in social geography from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He also has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Scarfo is currently an associate professor of landscape architecture at the Interdisciplinary Design Institute at Washington State University-Spokane. He specialized in serve learning projects that develop collaborative projects between diverse student and faculty groups and neighborhood organizations. Their focus on infill development aims to increase the potential of successful and productive aging while designing more sustainable, economically vital live, work, play, and learning environments.

3 reviews for Re-creating Neighborhoods for Successful Aging

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    “This book promises to be an invaluable resource for anyone working with or interested in issues surrounding aging, universal design, and health care. As a teacher, I would recommend the book to students for its history of long-term care in the United States, its rich resources relating public health to the built environment, and its compilations of the benefits of urban nature. As a community member [sic] I would recommend the book to my city officials for making the connection between public health and the built environment and for its look at alternatives to planned retirement communities. As a practicing professional, I found the entire book informative and valuable for my work with assisted living environments and an aging population…This book is an important resource in an evolving view of landscape architects’ roles in creating environments.”
    -Claire Latané, Landscape Architect, EPT Design, Senior Design Studio Teacher, Cal Poly Pomona

  2. admin

    “When Powell Lawton theorized about the fit between persons and their environments in old age, a new interdisciplinary collaboration arose between psychologists, ecologists, architects, planners, and others whose uniting interest was environmental design. This book follows in that tradition. But now there is a new urgency. The baby boom is retiring and will increasingly press for new and creative approaches to this issue. Re-creating Neighborhoods for Successful Aging is an eagerly awaited volume that speaks to the person environment fit in old age, and does so brilliantly.”
    –Charles F. Longino, Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Director of the Reynolda Gerontology Program, Wake Forest University

  3. admin

    “As Americans live longer and longer, what lifestyle options exist beyond nursing homes and other institutional care facilities? This informative book provides some answers: walkable neighborhoods with connections to goods, services, and personal relationships, and refreshing green space among them. Planners, architects and landscape architects, and health care professionals will all benefit from this book.”
    –J. William Thompson, FASLA, Editor, Landscape Architecture

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