Physical Contexts and Behavioral Aging
- Frank OswaldFrank OswaldFrankfurt Forum for Interdisciplinary Ageing Research, Goethe University Frankfurt
- and Hans-Werner WahlHans-Werner WahlNetwork Aging Research and Department of Psychological Aging Research, Institute of Psychology, Heidelberg University
Along with the social, economic, care-related, organizational, and technological context, the physical and infrastructural environment indoors and out of the home has gained attention in behavioral aging research as well as in gerontology as a whole since the 1960s. There is, however, an ongoing trend to downplay physical-infrastructural environments in behavioral aging research at the conceptual and empirical level. Therefore, substance is provided to support the usefulness of ecology and aging perspectives for the psychology of aging by mainly addressing North American and European research in the area.