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dc.contributor.advisorTofle, Ruth Brenteng
dc.contributor.authorStafford, Gloria Eaton, 1957-eng
dc.date.issued2016eng
dc.date.submitted2016 Falleng
dc.descriptionDissertation supervisor: Dr. Ruth Tofle.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes vita.eng
dc.description.abstractIt is generally understood that many elders wish to remain at home during their final years. A long-occupied residence holds precious memories and feels secure. To that end, both researchers, designers, and care providers have concentrated efforts on identifying best practices for extending elders' independence and reducing risk of injury while remaining at home. Within aging-in-place literature, it has been increasingly acknowledged that home modifications--such as the addition of ramps, first-level toilet rooms, non-slip flooring, grab bars, and curb-less showers--can be effective means to reducing risks, and increasing independence. Within literature, study findings often report on corresponding improvements to functioning or reductions in trauma. Such research endeavors regard the home as a physical space in which to perform tasks. To begin to complete the picture within the knowledge base--particularly concerning the oldest-old living alone--this study shifts the emphasis from the oft-used intervention approach in aging-in-place research to one focusing on tangible environment-behavior transactions. Shifting away from regarding aging-in-place as a problem to be solved, a grounded theory approach aims to illuminate the experience through empathetic open-ended interviewing with the person's experience itself as the focus of inquiry. Ten participants between age 88 and 100 who lived alone were interviewed and observed in their homes over several sessions to explore what creative personal adaptations and modifications--related to use of space and interaction with elements of the home--elders themselves utilized to accommodate for diminished capabilities while living in the same, long-occupied residential setting. Building theory grounded in data, the research findings elucidated the remarkably adaptive nature of older people over time and revealed enduring attachments to home.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references (pages 279-291).eng
dc.format.extent1 online resource (xvii, 307 pages) : illustrationseng
dc.identifier.merlinb118917845eng
dc.identifier.oclc993005194eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/59782
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/59782eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccesseng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.eng
dc.subject.FASTOlder people -- Home careeng
dc.subject.FASTOlder people -- Dwellingseng
dc.subject.FASTBarrier-free design for older peopleeng
dc.subject.FASTArchitecture -- Human factorseng
dc.subject.FASTPlace attachmenteng
dc.titleAging alone in the family home : exploring place attachment and personal adaptationeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineArchitectural studies (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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