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Local Environment of Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) in a Mid-Sized U.S. City

Title: Local Environment of Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) in a Mid-Sized U.S. City.
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Name(s): Aurand, Andrew, author
Miles, Rebecca, author
Usher, Kareem, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: As the U.S. population ages, almost half of elderly householders have lived in their current home for more than twenty years and a significant majority wish to remain in their current residence or community for as long as possible as they age. Concern with how communities will cope with these trends has led to a growing interest in naturally occurring retirement communities (NORC), i.e. neighborhoods or housing complexes that house a concentration of older adults, and their potential to enhance efforts to support aging-in-place. In this paper, we examine the local built and social environment of neighborhood NORCs in Tallahassee, Florida, a low-density mid-sized city. We find that a large proportion of NORCs are located in neighborhoods with an urban form, or physical design, that is presumed to be less supportive of active aging and with poor access to amenities, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and parks. Another substantial portion of NORCs are located in neighborhoods with some aspects of a supportive urban form. We also find that NORCs are over-represented in neighborhoods featuring low residential turnover and above average homeownership rates. This suggests a potential for collective action to facilitate aging-in-place even in neighborhoods thought not to have supportive physical environments.
Identifier: FSU_migr_durp_faculty_publications-0026 (IID), FSU_2015fall_local (IID)
Keywords: elderly housing
Note: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Housing for the Elderly on [forthcoming], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/[to'>http://www.tandfonline.com/">http://www.tandfonline.com/[to be updated upon publication].
Citation: Aurand, A. Miles, R. and Usher K. "Local Environment of Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) in a Mid-Sized U.S. City" Journal of Housing for the Elderly
Subject(s): Social sciences
Cities and towns -- Study and teaching
City planning
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_durp_faculty_publications-0026
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Department of Urban and Regional Planning Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Journal of Housing for the Elderly.

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Aurand, A., Miles, R., & Usher, K. (2014). Local Environment of Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) in a Mid-Sized U.S. City. Journal Of Housing For The Elderly. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_durp_faculty_publications-0026