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Aging, Living Environment, and Sustainability: What Should be Taken into Account?

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Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Kaunas University of Technology, Studentu st. 48, LT-51367 Kaunas, Lithuania
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EPIUnit-Instituto de Saúde Pública, Universidade do Porto, Rua das Taipas 135, 4050-091 Porto, Portugal
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Environmental Health Department, National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge, Portugal, Rua Alexandre Herculano, 321, 4000-055 Porto, Portugal
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Riga Technical University, Institute of Heat, Gas and Water technology, Kalku str. 1, LV-1650 Riga, Latvia
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Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 1853; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051853
Received: 29 January 2020 / Revised: 27 February 2020 / Accepted: 27 February 2020 / Published: 1 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Architecture and Salutogenesis: Beyond Indoor Environmental Quality)
The aging population presents numerous challenges and the design and management of living environments are not an exception. This literature review and analysis brings together topics related to the living environment of the aging population and the concept of sustainability. The article presents the review of the existing design concepts that are applied to planning the environment for the elderly, including (i) design for all, (ii) universal design, and (iii) inclusive design. Furthermore, this review highlights the aspects of sustainability and the peculiarities of the aging population that should be taken into account in the design and management of their living environment. Key points related to sustainable aging are highlighted, and the possibility of complementing the existing design concepts with the concept of biophilic design is proposed in order to strengthen their social, psychological, and ecological aspects. View Full-Text
Keywords: designs for the aging population; sustainability; universal design; biophilic design designs for the aging population; sustainability; universal design; biophilic design
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Grazuleviciute-Vileniske, I.; Seduikyte, L.; Teixeira-Gomes, A.; Mendes, A.; Borodinecs, A.; Buzinskaite, D. Aging, Living Environment, and Sustainability: What Should be Taken into Account? Sustainability 2020, 12, 1853.

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