Accomodating culturally meaningful activities in outdoor settings for older adults
Culture, Health care settings, Nature-related activities, Older adults
Journal of Housing for the Elderly
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. Copyright © by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Alves, Susana Martins; Gulwadi, Gowri Betrabet; and Cohen, Uriel, "Accomodating culturally meaningful activities in outdoor settings for older adults" (2005). Faculty Publications. 2881.