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
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
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