Elderburbia: Aging with a Sense of Place in America (Hardback)Philip B. Stafford (author)
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An informed and often moving account of the crucial role of place in the lives of elders and what researchers and city planners are doing-and need to do-to make communities more age-friendly.
* 20 individual profiles of community development initiatives and design guidelines for elder-friendly communities, participatory research, and planning methods
* Excerpts from original ethnographic research on the sense of place and meaning of home, sociability design guidelines, and participation methods
* Graphics depicting elder-friendly community indicators and four domains of an elder-friendly community
* An extensive bibliography drawing on sources from anthropology, community planning, gerontology, and the broad literature on sense of place and phenomenology
Number of pages: 187
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 236 x 157 x 25 mm
"Elderburbia couldn't be a timelier book, as planning departments across the country are in the process of evaluating the demographics and health and housing needs of their age 65 and older population." - Journal of the American Planning Association
"[O]ffers a take on getting old that gets away from the dreary options that dominate popular discourse: fade away, unloved, in a substandard nursing home or exercise hard enough, eat right enough, and save money enough to remain middle-aged up to the end. Stafford argues we should be thinking instead about the importance of place, and he takes a close look at why some places work better than others in helping elders thrive." - Indiana Alumni Magazine
"An anthropologist with a folklorist's sensibility, Phil Stafford has written a book that is unique in the literature of gerontology. Folklorists will appreciate Stafford's sensitivity to performance (formulaic speech and genre), artistry, and tradition, as well as the centrality of community and a shared history. . . . Stafford offers an especially thoughtful look at memory as a cultural resource, personal, but perhaps more importantly, shared. . . . This book contains some poignant insights into the experience of aging, particularly in the book's final chapter. . . . [I]t will speak to all of us who care deeply about our place in community, especially as we seek ways to age in place 'in its profound sense'". - Journal of Folklore Research
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