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Rediscovering A Path to Aging in Place: Development of Housing Cooperatives for Rural Elderly
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  • Journal title : Architectural research
  • Volume 13, Issue 3,  2011, pp.31-40
  • Publisher : Architectural Institute of Korea
  • DOI : 10.5659/AIKAR.2011.13.3.31
 Title & Authors
Rediscovering A Path to Aging in Place: Development of Housing Cooperatives for Rural Elderly
Lee, Hyun-Jeong;
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 Abstract
Profit-keeping behaviors naturally occur in the market to satisfy consumers, and the logic behind it lies in the economies of scale. On the flip side, some commodities transacted in the market are not available or can not be easily acquired unless the demand is high enough. Under this proposition, some consumers rise and find their own solution to meet the services at a reasonable cost or at an adequate level. The commonly adopted way is to establish a cooperative, and it stirs purchasing power by pooling resources and further bargains price and service quality. As a consumer cooperative, housing cooperatives notably found in rural towns enable the elderly to continue independent living. This study is to take a closer look at residential life of the rural elderly in housing cooperatives. Utilizing in-depth focus group interviews with 40 residents in four housing cooperatives, this qualitative research draws main factors affecting the decision to move in, residential assessment, and strengths and weakness of living in a housing cooperative. The primary factor influencing the moving decision is to continue to independent living in a familiar community, and the bottom line is planning ahead. Frailty and bereavement are found to be the leading occasions for them to move. The participants are satisfied with the independent living arrangement, and particularly, cited such features as safety and security, elderly-friendly design, common spaces, freedom, social activities and efficient living. Also, it is stated that some cooperative natures such as control over the property and giving a voice on management render positive impacts on the satisfaction with communal living. In spite of all the benefits and strengths, participants face with a public notion that an independent living arrangement like a housing cooperative has never done before in rural towns, so that most people recognize it as part of dependent living arrangements like nursing home.
 Keywords
Elderly;Residential Life;Rural Areas;Independent Living Arrangement;Cooperative Housing;Aging In Place;
 Language
English
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