Physiology and Psychology of Aging

Physiology and Psychology of Aging

The proportion of older people is increasing worldwide, especially in countries with higher incomes and those with lower birth rates, such as China.  With an aging population, there is a critical need to be prepared to address the changing physical and mental health conditions of older adults.   While individual behavior is the most important factor for healthy aging, planners and policy makers can support individuals in several ways.  Good planning and design for older people provides a built environment supportive of multiple ability levels, safe and appealing outdoor recreational resources, a health facility network accessible by transportation, and multiple affordable housing options.

Health and Places Initiative (HAPI) Research Brief

Physiology and Psychology of Aging, Health, and Place [PDF]

External Resources

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