Sustainability literacy of older people in retirement villages

Bo Xia*, Jian Zuo, Martin Skitmore, Laurie Buys, Xin Hu

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Abstract

With many developed countries experiencing the aging of the population, older people play a large role in contributing to environmental problems but also to environmental solutions. The purpose of this research is to understand the awareness and behavior of current older people living in retirement villages towards sustainability development. To achieve this, a sustainability literacy survey was conducted with 65 older residents of a private retirement village located 10 Km outside the Brisbane, Australia's central business district (CBD). Most of residents recognized the importance of environment protection and would like to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. In addition, the majority were willing to pay higher prices for a living environment with sustainable features. The importance of positive social communications was emphasized with most residents having established good relationships with others in the village. The findings provide an important insight into consumer perspectives regarding the sustainable features that should and can be incorporated into the village planning and development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number919054
JournalJournal of Aging Research
Volume2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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