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Essays in Developmental Psychology


Randall Summers, Charles Golden, Lisa Lashley, & Erica Ailes


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Assisted living refers to long-term residences for older adults who need extra support and care in activities of daily living while also allowing for some personal autonomy, independence, and privacy. There are around 31,000 assisted living communities in the United States presently, with around one million Americans occupying these facilities. With the older adult population constantly growing, this statistic is predicted to double by 2030. As the elderly population increases, the likelihood for disability and need for long-term care facilities also increases. Many older adults who live in assisted living facilities have either a functional difficulty in their ability to live independently, or a disability which requires the extra help provided by assisted living facilities.


assisted living, assisted living communities, disability, long-term care facilities, long-term residences for older adults, older adult population, United States

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This is one in a collection of essays as part of a project that began as an encyclopedia of developmental psychology coordinated by Dr. Randall Summers. However, for unforeseen reasons, the publisher was no longer in a position to publish the encyclopedia. This project was undertaken so that thousands of hours of work by psychologists would not go wasted. Enjoy these essays and feel free to cite them using the proper format.

Submit suggestions for corrections and topics to goldench@nova.edu.

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