Program

Event Title

The Impact of Green Houses on Municipal Service Providers' Perceptions of Aging

Location

Edwards Hall Lobby

Document Type

Poster Presentation (1 hour)

Description

The growth in the older adult population and the emergence of alternative models of long-term care may impact societal views of aging. Kimmel (2008) describes how aging is perceived in the American culture, stating “it has long been seen as negative or at best as ambivalent” (p.175). The Green House Project (2011), based upon the Eden Alternative, creates small homes, based in community neighborhoods, that offer intentional communities with high levels of care which fosters emotional and spiritual well-being, and offering comprehensive care. Currently there are no studies that measure the effect that a Green House has on community perceptions of aging. This cross-sectional study will use a web-based survey to survey twenty local and state elected officials in the Penfield community to determine if the presence of the Green House within a residential community has changed the official’s perceptions of aging. Data collected will be analyzed using bivariate and univariate analysis. Based upon literature reviewed, it is anticipated that the study will find that having a Green House located in the community will positively affect the elected officials’ perceptions of aging. This information will be important to the human services field, particularly long term care, because the Green House is the first of its kind in the nation, and therefore the data collected through this study may be used to determine whether this model should be replicated in other communities.

Start Date

20-4-2013 10:30 AM

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Apr 20th, 10:30 AM

The Impact of Green Houses on Municipal Service Providers' Perceptions of Aging

Edwards Hall Lobby

The growth in the older adult population and the emergence of alternative models of long-term care may impact societal views of aging. Kimmel (2008) describes how aging is perceived in the American culture, stating “it has long been seen as negative or at best as ambivalent” (p.175). The Green House Project (2011), based upon the Eden Alternative, creates small homes, based in community neighborhoods, that offer intentional communities with high levels of care which fosters emotional and spiritual well-being, and offering comprehensive care. Currently there are no studies that measure the effect that a Green House has on community perceptions of aging. This cross-sectional study will use a web-based survey to survey twenty local and state elected officials in the Penfield community to determine if the presence of the Green House within a residential community has changed the official’s perceptions of aging. Data collected will be analyzed using bivariate and univariate analysis. Based upon literature reviewed, it is anticipated that the study will find that having a Green House located in the community will positively affect the elected officials’ perceptions of aging. This information will be important to the human services field, particularly long term care, because the Green House is the first of its kind in the nation, and therefore the data collected through this study may be used to determine whether this model should be replicated in other communities.