It has become a truism in gerontoloqical research that, as one gets old, the external environment plays -an increasingly significant role as a variable determining one's experience of the world. In June of 1984, several researchers will gather to examine one old age environment in particular - that of the intermediate care nursing home. Moreover, this group will address an understanding of that environment from the perspective of ethnography, which is seen as a yet unrecognised but valuable complement to other methodological approaches. The proceedings of this symposium were presented to participants of the IAPS 8 in West Berlin.