Creating a rationale for a senior citizens component of the comprehensive plan

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dc.contributor.author Sharma, Hema
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-03T20:46:41Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-03T20:46:41Z
dc.date.issued 2008-11-03T20:46:41Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/999
dc.description.abstract In the near future, due to the baby boom of the sixties, a large proportion of the American population will fall into the age group of over 65. This dominating portion of the population will naturally require decent living styles and facilities. Most cities in the US, however in their current plan, do not seem to have enough provisions to address the needs of these senior citizens. The needs and rights of the aged are often found to be not properly addressed as the majority of the population are young and able-bodied and their needs are sure to take priority in formulating any community's plan and policies. Necessary changes in the current plan of many American cities are required to accommodate the needs of the elderly people as the baby boomers age. In this report, an attempt is made to understand and define the needs of the aging population who will very soon form a formidable part of the community. Of late, aging in place has become quite a popular lifestyle among senior citizens who usually like to spend the rest of their life in the same community as they have spent most of their adulthood or even childhood. Moving out of one's community and learning to adapt to a new environment is hardly desirable for anybody at a ripe age when one would rather lead an easy life by relaxing and engaging in the fond recollections of the past. The report attempts to study the aging components within the existing plan and investigates whether they exist or not and prescribes the required components in the comprehensive plan. For that purpose, the literature review identifies the needs of the elderly followed by a review of the Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan to determine how well the city plan addresses the needs of the elderly. The review of this plan provides a critique of the city's plan in terms of its efforts to make the community livable for the elderly. Moreover, the last chapter provides policy guidelines for the development of a specific component of the plan targeting the needs of the elderly. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Aging in Place en
dc.title Creating a rationale for a senior citizens component of the comprehensive plan en
dc.type Report en
dc.description.degree Master of Regional and Community Planning en
dc.description.level Masters en
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en
dc.description.advisor Claude A. Keithley en
dc.subject.umi Landscape Architecture (0390) en
dc.subject.umi Urban and Regional Planning (0999) en
dc.date.published 2008 en
dc.date.graduationmonth December en


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