Tracking mobiliy patterns of older adults through GPS

Tracking mobiliy patterns of older adults through GPS

Thu, 07/14/2011

In a presentation to the MIT AgeLab, Michal Isaacson of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem discussed her research utilizing GPS to track social behavior of older adults in Israel and Germany. Her data revealed mobility patterns such as where individuals walked over the course of a month, how much time was spent in certain areas of a city, and implications regarding accessibility and well-being.

AgeLab researchers, in partnership with the New England University Transportation Center, are interested in pursuing this methodology to better understand how communities and transportation systems might be planned and engineered to improve livability for older adults. Isaacson's work develops new qualitative as well as quantitative dimensions of quality of mobility providing a unique framework to assess transportation options, patterns and future mobility demand for an aging society.

 

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