Out and About in New England: Maintaining Active Life Styles 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 life style 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 global position system (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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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Start Date: 20131001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39263

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01557123
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC31, MITR25-9
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 18 2015 1:00AM