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Episode 250 - Dr. Richard Smith and Dr. Amanda Lehning: Aging in Place in Gentrifying Neighborhoods: Implications for Physical and Mental Health

Monday, October 22, 2018, 8:16:23 AM

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In this episode, our guests Dr. Richard Smith and Dr. Amanda Lehning discuss aging in place and why it is important to understand how older adults experience their communities, in particular their physical and social environments. Our guests describe their research examining the effects of remaining in gentrifying neighborhoods on older adults' self-reported health and mental health, and highlight why social workers need to be concerned with how the sense of place and community impacts the aging population.

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Average Rating: 4stars  importance of staying in place for well being, Sunday, November 04, 2018

By David G. Markham :

This podcast provides good information.

Gentification is not the only influence on changing neighborhoods. A bigger issue is land use and zoning issues. I grew up and lived most of my life in a college town, Brockport, NY. The village has been taken over by college housing. The old neighborhoods have been destroyed. Last year I sold my house at age 71 on a street that was all college housing except my house. I was the last owner occupied house on the street. When I sold it to a college landlord, the whole street now, over 30 houses are used for rentals. I loved my house which was a federal style brick house with 5 bedrooms and a carriage barn which would be worth $250,000.00 a mile away in Clarkson. But because of where it is located I got $80,000 for it.

My mother's house where I was raised and where she lived since 1946 was sold in 2005 and is now college housing.

With Halloween just passed, I am reminded again at the lack of families and children trick and treating. Any partying is being done by intoxicated college students who, with Halloween, have another occasion to drink.

I grieve for the loss of the village and neighborhoods where I grew up and raised my familly. Luckily, even though I am a Social Worker, I had some resources to move.

Having done drug free communities prevention, the Community That Cares model specifies attachment to neighborhood as a protective factor reducing the likelihood of dlinquency, substance abuse and teenage pregancy. Stability of residence and place is a huge protective factor in maintaining, if not enhancing social functioning.

Thank you for the interesting podcast describing this protective factor as it also impacts the health and well being of seniors.

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