|School or College
|College of Nursing
|Caserta, Michael; Wright, Scott D.; Lund, Dale A.
|Older adults' attitudes, concerns, and support for environmental issues in the "New West"
|The natural environment has been a missing topic from education and public policy forums concerning an aging society. This study examines demographic trends and several socio-demographic influences on attitudes, concerns, and active support for environmental issues among older adults in a retirement "hot spot" in the New West. A sample of 394 older adults in southwestern Utah was obtained from questionnaires mailed to those randomly selected from a larger dataset, and through hand-distributed questionnaires at selected RV parks. We found a high degree of variability among respondents in regard to environmental attitudes and concerns. Despite a personal attitudinal desire to protect the environment, most older adults did not want to become involved in protective actions for the environment. We found that residency status and religious affiliation emerged as the strongest relationships with measures of attitudes and concerns, and willingness to support the environment. The most influential factors associated with willingness to take action in support of the environment were having higher levels of active/social concerns, and higher levels of awareness of environmental consequences. The New West is one of the fastest-growing areas for demographic aging, and the opinions and actions of older adults will play a significant role in the stewardship and sustainability of natural resources, particularly in retirement hot spots.
|Baywood Publishing Co.
|The International Journal of Aging and Human Development
|Environmental issues; New West; Environmental activism
|Older people -- Attitudes
|Wright, S. D., Caserta, M. S., & Lund, D. A. (2003). Older adults' attitudes, concerns, and support for environmental issues in the "New West". International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 57(2), 151-79.
|(c)Baywood Publishing Company http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/Y73Y-0RK9-RP0J-E7HH