Journal Article

Residential Normalcy and the Enriched Coping Repertoires of Successfully Aging Older Adults

Stephen M. Golant

in The Gerontologist

Volume 55, issue 1, pages 70-82
Published in print February 2015 | ISSN: 0016-9013
Published online May 2014 | e-ISSN: 1758-5341 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnu036
Residential Normalcy and the Enriched Coping Repertoires of Successfully Aging Older Adults

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An earlier theoretical model equated the construct of residential normalcy with older persons positively appraising their residential environments. Failing to achieve congruent places to live, they initiate assimilative (action) or accommodative (mind) coping strategies. This paper theorizes that the assimilative coping strategies of older persons depend on their secondary appraisal processes whereby they judge the availability, efficaciousness, and viability of their coping options. Older persons with more enriched coping repertoires are theorized as more resilient, making their own decisions, and with access to more resource-rich objectively defined resilient environments. Successful aging formulations infrequently examine how residential environmental adaptations of people influence the quality of their lives. Programmatically, the theory emphasizes the potential of individual and environmental interventions targeting older persons who are not aging successfully.

Keywords: Environmental gerontology; Resiliency; Residential relocation; Subjective experiences; Quality of life

Journal Article.  7192 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Geriatric Medicine ; Biological Sciences ; Psychology ; Care of the Elderly ; Gerontology and Ageing

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