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Age-friendly environments and their role in supporting Healthy Ageing / Lisa Warth; Alana Officer; John Beard; Norah Keating

Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine 3 edn., Issue: 3

Swansea University Author: Keating, Norah

DOI (Published version): 10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0023

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This chapter explores the role of age-friendly environments in supporting healthy ageing. Environments are important determinants of the trajectories of intrinsic capacity and functional ability over a person’s life course and into older age. Several domains of functional ability are particularly im...

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Published in: Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine 3 edn.
ISBN: 9780198701590
Published: London, UK Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 2017
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa46040
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Abstract: This chapter explores the role of age-friendly environments in supporting healthy ageing. Environments are important determinants of the trajectories of intrinsic capacity and functional ability over a person’s life course and into older age. Several domains of functional ability are particularly important in later life. We explore the importance of environments in enhancing three domains of functional ability: the ability to meet basic needs, to be mobile, and to build and maintain relationships. The chapter concludes with implications of an environmental approach to Healthy Ageing for geriatric medicine. These are new perspectives on holistic views of older persons in their environment, on making health services more age-friendly and on working collaboratively to achieve better outcomes.
Keywords: ageing, aged, healthy ageing, age-friendly environments, functional ability housing, physical activity, mobility
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 3