Thesis

Exploring federal and state fiscal policies to support built environments for aging in place

Older adults comprise an increasingly large percentage of our population. Older adults have expressed a desire to remain in their own homes instead of alternative living situations, such as assisted living facilities as they age. The public administration challenge that has arisen is a lack of funding to support older adults' wishes to age in place. This exploratory sequential mixed methods study aims to determine to what extent federal and state fiscal policies exist to support built environments for older adults to remain in their homes. Are current policies regarding funding for built environments to support aging and independence sufficient to enable older adults to retain their residence in current homes? A survey and interview-based, a mixed methodology will be used. The results of methodological approaches will be evaluated using the Advocacy Coalition Framework. The results of this study should conclude that there will be an increase in advocacy for federal and state financial incentives to those who wish to develop built environments for aging in place. Given the COVID-19 pandemic's impacts on those who reside in assisted living facilities, the anticipation of increased, wide-spread desire for alternatives to close-proximity retirement communities will become highly sought after in the coming years.

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