Out and About in New England: Maintaining Active Lifestyles in Later Life

Out and About in New England: Maintaining Active Lifestyles in Later Life

With the rapid aging of the world’s population, understanding how to promote health and well-being among older adults has become a public health priority. Maintaining an active lifestyle is important for people of all ages and is especially important to maintain in later life. How does the way we build cities and neighborhoods influence the activity levels of the people living in urban environments? This study examines the relationships among neighborhood design, mobility and well-being of older adults in New England. This question will be answered using a mixed methods approach combining data collected using GPS receivers, activity trackers (accelerometers), questionnaires and interviews. The objective of this study is to deepen the understanding of how the built environment in New England influences activity levels in general and specifically the amount of walking a person does in day-to-day life. The results of this study will guide the planning and design of living environments and the creation of transportation related policies to promote wellness throughout the lifespan.

 

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