Understanding aging in place for older adults: A needs analysis

Cara Bailey Fausset, Andrew K. Mayer, Wendy A. Rogers, Arthur D. Fisk

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Abstract

A goal of many older adults is to remain in their own homes as they age (Beyond 50.05 Survey, 2005). However, a detailed assessment is lacking of the needs of older adults as they age in place. Using focus groups, twenty-six independently living older adults (mean age 78.8 years) from the Atlanta metropolitan area were asked to describe the tasks they perform to maintain their homes, as well as any difficulties they have performing these tasks. Participants described performing a wide range of tasks and focused primarily on physical difficulties. However, participants also reported solutions to manage these difficulties that fell into three broad categories: "Cessation," "Perseverance," and "Compensation." These categories represent classes of opportunities for interventions that may help older adults remain independent in their homes longer. By understanding the nature of home maintenance problems older adults encounter while aging in place, interventions and redesign efforts can be more effective. These data suggest that interventions should start with answering physical issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication53rd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2009, HFES 2009
PublisherHuman Factors an Ergonomics Society Inc.
Pages521-525
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781615676231
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event53rd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2009, HFES 2009 - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 19 2009Oct 23 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

Other53rd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2009, HFES 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period10/19/0910/23/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Fausset, C. B., Mayer, A. K., Rogers, W. A., & Fisk, A. D. (2009). Understanding aging in place for older adults: A needs analysis. In 53rd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2009, HFES 2009 (pp. 521-525). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; Vol. 1). Human Factors an Ergonomics Society Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1518/107118109x12524442635347