Building Design and the Lived Experience of People with Neurodegenerative Disorders in Western Australia

Architectural Science Review, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 223-230, 2008

Posted: 23 Sep 2009

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

People with neurodegenerative disorders (NDD) who live in and want to remain in the community often have to modify their home or move to a new home to accommodate their changing needs. This paper examines the home environment as experienced by people with NDD, in terms of Lawton’s theory of environmental gerontology, using data from a 2007 postal survey in Western Australia. The paper concludes that house design is clearly one of the factors involved in enabling people with NDD, and indeed frail people in general, to manage their physical difficulties and remain in their homes.

Keywords: Environmental gerontology, Frail aged, Home modifications, Housing, Neurodegenerative disorders, Universal design

Suggested Citation

Karol, Elizabeth and Giles, Margaret, Building Design and the Lived Experience of People with Neurodegenerative Disorders in Western Australia (2008). Architectural Science Review, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 223-230, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1476635

Elizabeth Karol

Curtin University ( email )

GPO Box U1987
Perth, WA WA
Australia

Margaret Giles (Contact Author)

Edith Cowan University ( email )

100 Joondalup Drive
Joondalup, WA 6027, WA 6027
Australia
0432662101 (Phone)

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