Neighborhood quality and the older elderly: Theory and two pilot tests

Michael R. Greenberg

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Neighborhood quality ratings among those 75+ years old are compared with their 50-74 year old counterparts. Using a sample of 400 from central New Jersey and a national sample of about 20,000, I find that the older elderly have constructed elaborate mental models of their environment that incorporate feelings and emotions about their home, ethnicity/race, religion, and the nation, as well as their perceptions about their neighborhood. About 30-40% of respondents have quite positive perceptions of their neighborhoods along with similar perceptions of their other environments and their own lives. Ten to 15%, however, do not. Their neighborhood quality ratings are fair or poor and many are not happy with their home or spiritual environments. Assisting this second group is a major challenge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-194
Number of pages11
JournalHuman Ecology Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


  • Environment
  • Neighborhood quality
  • Older elderly
  • Perceptions


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