Evaluating the built environment in senior-oriented spaces
This presentation will review findings from micro-neighborhood audits in the area surrounding nine assisted living communities in Greater Louisville. Micro-neighborhoods were defined as all street segments contained within a 1/8 mile radius of an assisted living community. Highways, alleys, and street segments less than 50 feet in length were excluded from the study. These audits were conducted using the revised Senior Walking Environmental Assessment Tool (Michael et al, Prev Med 2009, 48(3)247-9) to determine the relative quality of each.
Traditionally, evaluations of the built environment use randomly selected neighborhoods and neighborhood sections. By using assisted living facilities as focal points, this study design is more reflective of the needs of the target population and could be adapted for any senior-oriented land use.
Learning Areas:Public health or related research
Describe the process for evaluating built environment quality in micro-neighborhoods surrounding residential communities for seniors. Compare the relative quality of the built environment surrounding various assisted living communities.
Keyword(s): Aging, Data Collection
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I collected and analyzed this data as part of my dissertation research.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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