The community organization of aging in place: A case study of Chuang-Rong community in Tainan, Taiwan

The concept of successful aging within the community life and care for the elders is a subject. It's also an important view that the role of local community organizations and what characteristics should possess in the successful aging promotion.
The study combine natural observation and interview to investigate the concept of successful aging in Chuang-Rong community providing community care for the elders from 2003 to 2011 and the elder residents how to maintain their behavior. The study examines the three major components of successful aging proposed by Rowe and Kahn (1998): attendance environment continuity, activity space multiplicity, and life-arena interactive to analyze characteristics should possess in community organizations promotion of successful aging.
Study results showed that nine characteristics of community organizations health-care promotion: to provide life insurance and activity space for elders, to construct barrier-free environment, to establish a secure connection system, to encourage community elder residents to exercise, to make the opportunities for elders to maintain their cognition and be more creative, to build supporting care programs of basic physical checkup and referral, to inspire elders to learn and discuss, to improve interpersonal and intergenerational relationships for elders, and to promote volunteer service mechanisms within the community organization.
In conclusion, according to these characteristics of Chuang-Rong community, the concept of successful aging is not just an idea, but a lifestyle for elders. And it can make a great life quality in their remaining years.

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