Meaning over things: How objects and places matter to the residential happiness of older adults

Anne Annink*, Susan Van Hees

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Abstract

In previous research on aging and place, it comes forward that many people mainly prefer to age in place because they feel connected to their homes and secure in a familiar environment. This paper aims to understand how older adults living independently at home construct their residential happiness. We used photo-elicitation to explore how objects and places are considered important for their residential happiness by older adults (n = 37) in various residential settings in The Netherlands. The findings demonstrate that places and objects either directly evoke unique feelings of residential happiness or via attached personal stories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-294
JournalJournal of Aging and Environment
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Aging in place
  • OLDER ADULTS
  • photo-elicitation
  • PLACE ATTACHMENT
  • residential happiness

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