An audit of a diverse community for safe routes to age in place: Environmental policy implications

Adriana Perez, Anamarie Garces, Rebecca H. Hunter, David X. Marquez

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Abstract

Physical and cognitive limitations often accompany aging, increasing the importance of a safe and supportive environment to help older adults maintain mobility. Neighborhood design and maintenance must be evaluated to promote physical activity, mobility, and safety. Audit tools, geographic information system data, and resident interviews are used for this purpose, but often fail to provide information that can be translated to practice. The current project is part of a larger Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative to create a metropolitan area that fosters a healthy environment for diverse adults of all ages and abilities. Safe Routes uses a toolkit based on the 5-E model providing practical resources to guide stakeholders in meeting the needs of the community. Findings include the Centers for Disease Control Healthy Aging Research Network Audit Tool assessment for environmental walkability factors. Results from street segment audits along with input from residents can be used to inform sound environmental policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-21
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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