Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Christine Cook

Abstract

Increases in the aging population, coupled with the desire to age in place, requires additional research to understand what is needed to keep elders healthy, safe, and independent for as long as possible. This study examined the relationships among home accessibility, community livability, loneliness, and health to better understand the implications for those who age in place. Analyses were computed on a subsample of 1,134 individuals (55.4% male) aged 65 and older from the 2005 Iowa Family Survey. Regression analyses predicted relationships among the variables. Older adults had better levels of health when communities were larger, included more livability features, when they were satisfied with them, and when they felt they could age in place. Respondents rated their health worse, however, when home accessibility features were present and when they were lonelier. The research highlights the importance of creating and/or maintaining a barrier-free environment and livable community for aging adults.

Copyright Owner

Laura Elizabeth Severson

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

91 pages

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