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Stephen M Golant

Professor of Geography, University of Florida

Stephen M. Golant, Ph.D, a gerontologist and geographer, is now a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Florida (1980 - present). Previously, he was a faculty member in the Committee on Human Development (Department of Behavioral Sciences) and in the Department of Geography at the University of Chicago (1972 – 1980). Dr. Golant has been conducting research on the housing, mobility, transportation, and long-term care needs of older adult populations for most of his academic career. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Fulbright Senior Scholar award recipient. He earlier served as a consultant to the Congressionally appointed Commission on Affordable Housing and Health Facility Needs for Seniors in the 21st Century (Seniors Commission). He has written or edited about 140 papers and books including: A Place to Grow: The Meaning of Environment in Old Age (Columbia University Press, 1984); Housing America's Elderly: Many Possibilities, Few Choices (Sage Publications, 1992); The CASERA Report (Creating Affordable and Supportive Elder Renter Alternatives (Margaret Lynn Duggar & Associates, Inc., 1999); and The Assisted Living Residence: A Vision for the Future (The John Hopkins University Press, 2008). His latest book is Aging in the Right Place (Health Professions Press, 2015). For publisher’s web site, and the initial reviews of the book, see:


  • –present
    Professor of Gerontology, University of Florida


In 2012 he received the Richard M. Kalish award from the Gerontological Society of America in recognition of his insightful and innovative publications on aging and life development in the behavioral and social sciences. This was for his article: "The Quest for Residential Normalcy by Older Adults: Relocation but one Pathway " published in Journal of Aging Studies, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2011, pp. 193-205.