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The Importance of the Environment in Community Integration for Supporting and Sustaining Healthy Aging: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective

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Moving beyond individual factors, this chapter discusses the importance of building an environment with appropriate infrastructure, facilities, and measures to buffer against age-related physical and cognitive decline, and which promotes intergenerational interactions within a community. Using a self-determination theory (SDT) approach, three environmental aspects and their influences on healthy aging are examined: (1) the built environment, (2) public policies and services, and (3) opportunities for community involvement. Drawing support from existing literature, this chapter aims to elucidate ways in which the environment can positively influence the three basic psychological needs of individuals, thereby supporting healthy aging, and posits intergeneration interaction is an important element in sustaining healthy aging within the community.

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Ho, G., Ng, B. (2020). The Importance of the Environment in Community Integration for Supporting and Sustaining Healthy Aging: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective. In: Ng, B., Ho, G. (eds) Self-Determination Theory and Healthy Aging. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-6968-5_12

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