Accommodating culturally meaningful activities in outdoor settings for older adults
Culture, Health care settings, Nature-related activities, Older adults
The Role of the Outdoors in Residential Environments for Aging
A growing multicultural aging population necessitates an examination of the cultural responsiveness of American healthcare environments in enabling successful aging experiences. Environment-behavior studies establish positive effects of natural environments on the well-being of older adults. This study explored cultural differences in nature-related activities among Hispanic and Anglo-American elderly using six photographs of nature settings to elicit nature-related preferences and experiences. Findings indicate that Hispanic elderly find ‘furnished’ natural settings more compatible with their preferred activities such as group-oriented socializing while Anglo-American elderly prefer ‘authentic’ natural settings for preferred activities such as quiet reflection. Culture specific programming and design implications are discussed.
School of Applied Human Sciences
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Alves, Susana Martins; Gulwadi, Gowri Betrabet; and Cohen, Uriel, "Accommodating culturally meaningful activities in outdoor settings for older adults" (2013). Faculty Publications. 1671.