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Title: Relationships between objective and perceived housing in very old age
Authors: Nygren, Carita
Oswald, Frank
Iwarsson, Susanne
Fänge, Agneta
Sixsmith, Judith
Schilling, Oliver
Sixsmith, Andrew
Széan, Zsuzsa
Tomsone, Signe
Wahl, Hans Werner
Department of Rehabilitation
Keywords: Accessibility;Housing-related control beliefs;Person-environment fit;Usability;3.3 Health sciences;1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database;Gerontology;Geriatrics and Gerontology
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Nygren , C , Oswald , F , Iwarsson , S , Fänge , A , Sixsmith , J , Schilling , O , Sixsmith , A , Széan , Z , Tomsone , S & Wahl , H W 2007 , ' Relationships between objective and perceived housing in very old age ' , Gerontologist , vol. 47 , no. 1 , pp. 85-95 .
Abstract: Purpose: Our purpose in this study was to explore relationships between aspects of objective and perceived housing in five European samples of very old adults, as well as to investigate whether crossnational comparable patterns exist. Design and Methods: We utilized data from the first wave of the ENABLE-AGE Survey Study. The five national samples totalled 1,918 individuals aged 75 to 89 years. Objective assessments of the home environment covered the number of environmental barriers as well as the magnitude of accessibility problems (an aspect of person-environment fit). To assess perceptions of housing, we used instruments on usability, meaning of home, and housing satisfaction. We also assessed housing-related control. Results: Overall, the results revealed that the magnitude of accessibility problems, rather than the number of physical environmental barriers, was associated with perceptions of activity-oriented aspects of housing. That is, very old people living in more accessible housing perceived their homes as more useful and meaningful in relation to their routines and everyday activities, and they were less dependent on external control in relation to their housing. The patterns of such relationships were similar in the five national samples. Implications: Objective and perceived aspects of housing have to be considered in order to understand the dynamics of aging in place, and the results can be used in practice contexts that target housing for senior citizens.
Description: Funding Information: The Enabling Autonomy, Participation, and Well-Being in Old Age: The Home Environment as a Determinant for Healthy Ageing (ENABLE–AGE) Project was funded by the European Commission (under Grant QLRT-2001-00334). The Swedish ENABLE–AGE team is grateful for additional funding from the Swedish Research Council on Social Science and Working Life, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, and the Swedish Research Council. We thank all study participants, consortium and national team members, and subcontractors for their contributions. Dr. Nygren was a member of the Health Sciences faculty at Lund University during the research study and preparation of this article.
ISSN: 0016-9013
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