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PSY 180 - Psychology of Aging - Textbook

Chapter 9: Table of Contents

Chapter 9: Living Environments


Chapter Learning Objectives

  • Consider the various factors the affect the living environments of elderly persons.
  • Examine the concept of transitions as a psychological experience.
  • Identify the various living environment options available for the increasing  elderly population
  • Examine whether elderly persons should be relegated to nursing homes/residential care, co-housing communities or be allowed to aging in place.
  • How can technology assist the elderly in creating virtual retirement communities and senior care.
  • Identify what technology apps and devices are useful for the elderly.


Chapter Key Points

  • Moving into residential care can be experienced positively and social workers can play a significant role in supporting service users with such transitions.
  • All assessments of needs should take into account the life experiences, strengths and preferences of service users.
  • Residential care homes should respond to the diverse physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs of residents.
  • All service users, children and adults, who move to or from residential care will experience feelings about the transition, which need to be understood.
  • Aging in place is when a person lives and ages in their residence of choice, for as long as they are able to.
  • Technology can help seniors to find care, housing and support (both in real life and virtually).


(Learning Objectives, Key Points, and Basic Terms content by Professor Stacey Cooper is licensed under CC BY 4.0.)