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Enhancing Wellbeing in Aging Communities Through Environmental Design Elements: An Integrative Review of Literature in English, Chinese and Italian

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Within the context of fostering age-friendly environments, the application of environmental design to enhance the quality of life for elderly individuals has emerged as an important component in the fields of healthy aging and well-being. In order to better guide sustainable health and age-friendly design, it is necessary to understand the development of environmental design for aging in community from a comprehensive perspective. This paper focuses on the research of hot issues and design elements for elder people in residential communities by studying English, Chinese and Italian literature in the past 30 years. The systematic review method is used to sort out the research in English, Chinese and Italian databases, and the keywords are analysed by Citespace software. This analytical process facilitated the identification of clusters and high-frequency words, affording a nuanced comprehension of commonalities and distinctions across research on aging in various senior living environments. From this extensive study of literature, 36 papers have been meticulously selected for in-depth examination. Results demonstrated the current mostly concerned design elements are summarized from five aspects: accessibility, space, aging design, social contact needs and neighbourhood atmosphere. The conclusions about review of hot issues and trends in environmental design in aging in community can contribute to thinking of future direction of healthy aging and sustainable well-being.

DOI 10.11648/j.ijsdr.20230904.13
Published in International Journal of Sustainable Development Research (Volume 9, Issue 4, December 2023)
Page(s) 79-88
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Aging-in-Community (AIC), Elderly Well-Being, Environmental Design Elements, Literature Review, Citespace

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  • Department of Architecture, University of Florence, Florence, Italy; College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

  • Department of Architecture, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

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  • Department of Architecture, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

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