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ERIC Number: ED155523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 18
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Optimal Living Environments for the Elderly: A Design Simulation Approach.
Hoffman, Stephanie B.; And Others
PLANNED AGE (Planned Alternatives for Gerontological Environments) is a consumer/advocate-oriented design simulation package that provides: (a) a medium for user-planner interaction in the design of living and service environments for the aged; (b) an educational, planning, design, and evaluation tool that can be used by the elderly, their families, and various professionals in the design of environment-behavior systems; (c) a means for comparing the benefits and costs of alternative living settings for the elderly; and (d) information and technical assistance that could be used by architects, agencies, and social scientists in the future design of facilities for the aged. The simulation strategy consists of three exercises: (1) a needs assessment/matching game in which the participant determines the social, environmental, and functional needs of the aged consumer and then matches him/her to an appropriate setting; (2) an environment design component where the participant is asked to allocate limited resources among lifestyle factors such as food, medical care, building features, and programmed activities; design optimal settings in accordance with this lifestyle data; and evaluate the use of these designed environments; (3) a community planning simulation which examines the process by which community-specific strategies for elderly housing are implemented. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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