Faculty Publications

Title

Exploring aging in place inquiry through the lens of resilience theory

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Aging in place, habitational resilience, P-E fit theory, person-environment transactions, personal adaptations, resilience theory

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Housing and Society

Volume

47

Issue

1

First Page

42

Last Page

62

Abstract

Many late-life older adults prefer remaining in one’s home among familiar and comforting surroundings until life’s end. However, this may be a challenging pursuit due to accelerating physical and cognitive declines. Researchers, designers, and care providers grapple to identify strategies which best support aging in place. Resilience theory offers a new lens which has not been explored by previous researchers. Through observations and interviews, we explored what adaptive qualities and actions ten late-life older adults utilized to age in place. Results show that the interviewees applied personal resilience across a range of challenges. We discuss vignettes within a framework of established theories which address successful alignment of person-environment (P-E) transactions and situate our findings within foundational and nascent explorations of resilience theory. We explore the need to investigate resilience as a distinguishable personal factor which greatly impacts late-life aging in place. Because resilience includes protective factors as well as adaptive processes, it adds to the current discourse of how resilient late-life older adults utilize personal agency and goal direction to proactively sustain daily living at home. Finally, we propose the term habitational resilience to encompass the connection between personal adaptiveness and resulting effective interactions within the home environment.

Original Publication Date

1-2-2020

DOI of published version

10.1080/08882746.2019.1689088

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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