GERO 401 Aging and the Built Environment

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Course description:

The built environment is an important factor in elderly people’s physical, social and emotional well-being. Their interaction with the environment is effected by their physical capabilities, psychological needs and preferences, and sociocultural rules. This is a multi-dimensional process that needs to be looked at from different perspectives. This course will address innovative planning and design criteria, principles and solutions for older adults who may have physical and/or cognitive frailty. The course offers: an overview of person-environment interaction; sensory changes with aging and their influence on environmental experience; architectural design issues in residential and institutional settings for the elderly.

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