Connecting elders to nature. A study on using biophilic design to foster successful aging at home in Saudi Arabia

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Mona Algamdi (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Maruja Torres-Antonini

Abstract: As in many cultures, elders hope to age at home in Saudi Arabia, where proximity to family and social interaction among relatives is highly prized. However, not all available housing provides optimal conditions for successful aging. This study explores whether biophilic design—buildings and spaces that allow for a human connection with nature, and which are widely credited with promoting positive physical and mental wellbeing—may contribute to creating empathetic, healthy, supportive, and culturally-agreeable home environments for elders in Saudi Arabia. The study is based on interviews conducted with 27 residents (50 years or older) in Jeddah, KSA, and relies on content analysis methods to identify culturally relevant biophilic design patterns that support dimensions of wellness for successful aging. The study established 11 biophilic design strategies that satisfy cultural preferences and create wellness opportunities for aging in place.

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Language: English
Date: 2020
Aged living at home, Biophilic Design, Elderly living at home, Saudi Arabian Design
Older people $x Housing $z Saudi Arabia $z Jiddah
Architecture, Domestic $x Environmental aspects $z Saudi Arabia $z Jiddah
Aging $x Environmental aspects $z Saudi Arabia $z Jiddah

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