ERIC Number: EJ824302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
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Conceptualizing Time and Behavior in Environmental Gerontology: A Pair of Old Issues Deserving New Thought
Golant, Stephen M.
Gerontologist, v43 n5 p638-648 Oct 2003
Architects, environmental designers, occupational therapists, and human service professionals are variously engaged in efforts to create settings for older persons that better fit their changing lifestyles and abilities. This theoretical article argues that to explain and predict more effectively the appropriateness of the settings occupied and used by their older occupants requires models and empirical inquiries that better conceptualize two areas of inquiry: (a) the temporal properties of environments and individuals and (b) the conceptualization of environmental behaviors or activities describing how individuals use, manipulate, or perform tasks in their settings. The types of constructs and relationships necessary for this inquiry are reviewed and their practical applications considered.
Descriptors: Gerontology, Models, Life Style, Older Adults, Architecture, Human Services, Occupational Therapy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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