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Age-friendly environments and their role in supporting Healthy Ageing 

Age-friendly environments and their role in supporting Healthy Ageing
Age-friendly environments and their role in supporting Healthy Ageing

Alana Margaret Officer

, Lisa Warth

, Norah Keating

, and John R. Beard

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date: 05 July 2022

This chapter explores the role of age-friendly environments in supporting healthy ageing. Environments are important determinants of the trajectories of intrinsic capacity and functional ability over a person’s life course and into older age. Several domains of functional ability are particularly important in later life. We explore the importance of environments in enhancing three domains of functional ability: the ability to meet basic needs, to be mobile, and to build and maintain relationships. The chapter concludes with implications of an environmental approach to Healthy Ageing for geriatric medicine. These are new perspectives on holistic views of older persons in their environment, on making health services more age-friendly and on working collaboratively to achieve better outcomes.

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