3001.0 Aging and the Built Environment

Monday, October 31, 2011: 8:30 AM
The physical environment can positively contribute to a community's health through universal design, sidewalks, street networks, and land use patterns. A healthy community offers protections from potential dangers and promotes opportunities for community engagement and physical activity. This session includes five presentations on policies, practice and research related to environment health and aging, engaging older adults as effects health advocates for increased access, safe mobility, physical activity and access to goods and services, building toward a social norm of sidewalk snow clearance, a critical element of a healthy aging environment, involving multiple sectors to improve the urban environment for older adults, and age variations in environmental barriers and motivators for walking.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe promising best community practices to encourage healthy communities for active aging. 2. Describe an innovative model for meeting the challenges of population aging.

8:30 AM
Policies, Practice and Research: Environmental Health and Aging
Kathy Sykes, MA, Margaret B. Neal, PhD, Jennifer Crittenden, MSW and Rodney Harrell, PhD
9:24 AM
Involving multiple sectors to improve the urban environment for older adults: The case of Age-friendly NYC
Sheila Roher, MPH, Julie Netherland, MSW, Dorian Block, MS and Radhika Patel, MS
9:42 AM
Built environmental influences on walking: Age variations in environmental barriers and motivators
Chanam Lee, PhD, MLA, Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH, Jeongjae Yoon, MA and Samuel N. Forjuoh, MD, DrPH, FGCP

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Organized by: Aging & Public Health
Endorsed by: American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus, Community Health Planning and Policy Development

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

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