Environment and Identity in Later Life by Sheila Peace, Caroline Holland & Leonie Kellaher

Throughout
life, our everyday interactions with material, social, and psychological
environments influence our self identity: and ‘who we think we are’
influences how we behave in particular places. In later life, people bring to
this relationship a lifetime’s experience that makes certain associations
more or less important. This book explores the relationship between
environment and identity for older people.
In this detailed ethnographic study, older people talk in depth about their
situations and experiences of space and place. The book examines the
experience of men and women of different ages and cultures living in a range
of different kinds of places, including ‘ordinary’ and ‘special’ housing –
from a high-rise flat to a residential care home – in semi-rural, urban and
metropolitan locations within the Midlands and south-east England.

This research enables us to appreciate how older people manage their needs
within the context of their whole lives. Many are able to achieve a ‘life of
quality’ as they constantly engage and re-engage with their environment. The
discussion of how environmental complexity influences people in developing
and maintaining their own identity is essential for those involved in
planning, designing, caring and supporting people as they age.

Environment and Identity in Later Life is key reading for students,
practitioners and policy makers interested in quality of life for older
people.

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ISBN

0335215114

Condition

Used Very Good

Language

English

Pages

192

Year Published

2005

Publisher

Open University Press

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