Jessica M Finlay
An interdisciplinary approach is necessary to examine diverse socio-cultural, personal, and local factors affecting the health and wellbeing of older adults. My research combines the fields of human geography and environmental gerontology to focus in-depth on embodied and placed experiences of later life. It critically considers how neighborhood environments impact the welfare of older residents. Older adults are differentially empowered and dispossessed through their identity (e.g. class, race, gender, disability) and the urban environment. My research develops strategies for ‘aging in the right place’, where older adults can comfortably access their physical and socio-cultural needs, and experience enhanced health and quality of life. It encompasses a wide breadth of home and neighborhood environment modifications reflecting the diversity of life experiences, preferences, independence levels, and service needs of older adults.