Title

A study of housing typology and perceived age-friendliness in an established Hong Kong new town : a person-environment perspective

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Geoforum

Publication Date

1-2018

Volume

88

First Page

17

Last Page

27

Publisher

Elsevier

Keywords

Housing typology, Age-friendly city, Well-being, P-E fit, Hong Kong

Abstract

Our study examines older people’s perceptions towards the urban environment and their spatial experiences through a person-environment perspective. We argue that Person-Environment (P-E) fit is critical to older people’s quality of life: positive environmental stimuli and personal adaptation competence have been held to influence this fit, and quality of fit will eventually affect interactions between older people and place. In a mixed- methods study, a context sensitive place audit was applied to a new town in Hong Kong, with a view to iden- tifying strengths and weaknesses in the built environment and older people’s own strategies of living. Through 302 questionnaires and three focus groups with older participants, the results revealed high appreciation of outdoor spaces, transportation and social participation. The findings also indicate a strong association between housing typology and perceived age-friendliness. People accommodated in public housing estates tended to accord higher scores to their living environment although social exclusion was identified among oldest-old respondents in particular. Older people’s affective links with their living environment across time and their unique life-course experiences may help to explain their relatively relaxed attitudes when they face changes and hardships.

DOI

10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.11.001

Print ISSN

00167185

E-ISSN

18729398

Funding Information

Data collection was supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Sun, Y., Phillips, D. R. & Wong, M. (2018). A study of housing typology and perceived age-friendliness in an established Hong Kong new town: A person-environment perspective. Geoforum, 88, 17-27. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.11.001

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