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Aging in place has become a universal social policy that highlights older people’s willingness to and inclinations of staying in their original places of residence. We argue that “place in aging” is equally important. On the one hand, older people’s encounter with environmental factors unfolds at the nested spatial scales. This leads to various types of socio-spatial experience, which have a direct bearing on environmental proactivity and the multifaceted well-being. On the other hand, aging is a meaning-construction process with close reference to older people’s attitudinal appreciation of and attachment to where they live. Based on a case study of several communities in Hong Kong through focus group discussions (N=42) and questionnaire surveys (N=501) of community-dwelling with older people aged 65 and over, our project explores the pathways linking various socio-spatial experience to multifaceted well-being, through residential satisfaction and place attachment. Implications for Hong Kong’s planning and design strategies will be discussed.
About the Speaker
Dr. Yi Sun is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Building and Real Estate at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). He sits on the management committee at PolyU’s Institute of Active Ageing. He is a member of PolyU’s Research Institute for Smart Ageing and a fellow of CUHK’s Institute of Future Cities. Yi’s areas of research include age-friendly communities and well-being in densely populated urban environments. He is also interested in China’s regional development and the evolution of state spaces, particularly in the Greater Bay Area. Professionally, he serves in the technical working group for the United Nations ESCAP in the areas of disasters and statistics.
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