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The Living Environment and Thermal Behaviours of Older South Australians

A Multi-Focus Group Study

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The Living Environment and Thermal Behaviours of Older South Australians

A Multi-Focus Group Study

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Ageing brings about physiological changes that affect people’s thermal sensitivity and thermoregulation. The majority of older Australians prefer to age in place and modifications to the home environment are often required to accommodate the occupants as they age and possibly become frail. However, modifications to aid thermal comfort are not always considered. Using a qualitative approach this study aims to understand the thermal qualities of the existing living environment of older South Australians, their strategies for keeping cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather and to identify existing problems related to planning and house design, and the use of heating and cooling. Data were gathered via seven focus group sessions with 49 older people living in three climate zones in South Australia. The sessions yielded four main themes, namely ‘personal factors’, ‘feeling’, ‘knowing’ and ‘doing’. These themes can be used as a basis to develop information and guidelines for older people in dealing with hot and cold weather.

Original publication at MDPI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16060935
© 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI.

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OrganisatieDe Haagse Hogeschool
LectoraatLectoraat Urban Ageing
Gepubliceerd inInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health MDPI, Basel (Switzerland), Vol. 16, Uitgave: 6, Pagina: artikel nr. 935
Datum2019-03-15
TypeArtikel
ISSN1660-4601
DOI10.3390/ijerph16060935
TaalEngels

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