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Environmental Gerontology in Europe and Latin America

Policies and Perspectives on Environment and Aging

  • Diego Sánchez-González
  • Vicente Rodríguez-Rodríguez


  • Includes a special focus on space and place in population aging research

  • Explores different levels of socio-spatial analysis

  • Proposes theoretical and methodological approaches to analyse the attributes and functions of the physical-social environment of the elderly


Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Diego Sánchez-González, Vicente Rodríguez-Rodríguez
    Pages 1-7
  3. Policies and Perspectives International in Aging and Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Vicente Rodríguez-Rodríguez
      Pages 73-91
    3. George W. Leeson
      Pages 93-104
  4. Aging and the Urban Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. María Victoria Zunzunegui
      Pages 129-147
    3. Fermina Rojo-Pérez, Gloria Fernández-Mayoralas, Maria-João Forjaz, María-Eugenia Prieto-Flores, Pablo Martínez-Martín
      Pages 149-174
  5. Place, Housing and Aging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Alejandro Klein
      Pages 219-226
    3. Felipe R. Vázquez-Palacios
      Pages 227-239
  6. Public Policies, Planning and Practices on Built Environment and Aging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. María Elena Acosta-Maldonado
      Pages 243-258
    3. Sergio Luiz Valente Tomasini, Sergio Antonio Carlos, Beatriz Fedrizzi, Johannes Doll
      Pages 259-275
    4. Tine Buffel, Paul McGarry, Chris Phillipson, Liesbeth De Donder, Sarah Dury, Nico De Witte et al.
      Pages 277-296

About this book


​ This book looks at the relationships between the physical-social environment and the elderly in Europe and Latin America, from the Environmental Gerontology perspective and through geographical and psychosocial approaches. It addresses the main environmental issues of population ageing, based on an understanding of the complex relationships, adjustments and adaptations between different environments (home, residence, public spaces, landscapes, neighbourhoods, urban and rural environment) and the quality of life of the ageing population, associated with residential strategies and other aspects related to health and dependency. The different levels of socio-spatial analysis are also explored: macro (urban and rural environments, regions and landscapes), meso (neighbourhood, public space) and micro (personal, home and institution). New theoretical and methodological approaches are proposed to analyse the attributes and functions of the physical-social environment of the elderly, as well as new ways of living the ageing process. All will have to respond to the challenges of urbanisation, globalisation and climate change in the 21st century. Also, the different experiences and challenges of public planning and management professionals involved with the growing ageing population are presented, and will require greater association and collaboration with the academic and scientific fields of Environmental Gerontology.


Active aging Environmental issues of population aging Family members and carers Home, residence, neighbourhood, urban and rural environment Physical-social environments and the elderly Quality of life in the elderly

Editors and affiliations

  • Diego Sánchez-González
    • 1
  • Vicente Rodríguez-Rodríguez
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of ArchitectureAutonomous University of Nuevo LeónMonterreyMexico
  2. 2.Geography and Demography (IEGD), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)Institute of EconomicsMadridSpain

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Environmental Gerontology in Europe and Latin America
  • Book Subtitle Policies and Perspectives on Environment and Aging
  • Editors Diego Sánchez-González
    Vicente Rodríguez-Rodríguez
  • Series Title International Perspectives on Aging
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int. Perspect. Aging
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-21418-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-35962-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-21419-1
  • Series ISSN 2197-5841
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-585X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 306
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aging
    Environment, general
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