Session abstract: An audit of a local diverse community for safe routes to age in place
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Rebecca H. Hunter, MEd
, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Michelle Griffith, MS
, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Significance: 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, safety, and ultimately health. Audit tools, GIS data and resident interviews are used for this purpose, but often fail to provide information that can be translated to practice. Methods: This presentation focuses on Safe Routes to Age in Place, 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 employs a toolkit based on the 5-E (education, engineering, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation) model providing practical resources to guide stakeholders in meeting the needs of the community. This presentation will describe preliminary findings using the Centers for Disease Control - Healthy Aging Research Network (CDC-HAN) Audit Tool to assess environmental walkability factors, including: safety, comfort and appeal, accessibility, wayfinding and land use for walking, bicycling, and use of transit, and generating key indicator reports to guide environmental improvements. Results from street segment audits will be shared along with input from adults living in a predominately Hispanic community who accompany team members on audits. Implications: To promote age-friendly communities across ages, abilities, and ethnicities, we must understand environmental characteristics from the perspective of older adults and have data to guide community change. Lessons from this initiative will ultimately help inform sound environmental and policy initiatives for other communities.
Environmental health sciences
Describe a safe routes toolkit based on the 5-E (education, engineering, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation) model providing practical resources to guide stakeholders in meeting the needs of the community.
Describe preliminary findings using the Centers for Disease Control - Healthy Aging Research Network (CDC-HAN) Audit Tool to assess environmental walkability factors to inform neighborhood design and local policy initiatives.
Discuss the significance of supportive environments in promoting mobility, physical activity, safety, and health among older adults across ages, abilities, and ethnicities.
Keyword(s): Aging, Community
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a Health & Aging Policy Fellow working on environmental healthy aging policy research, funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. My area of research and policy work has been funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and is focused on healthy aging among diverse older adults. I am a board certified adult nurse practitioner.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines,
and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed
in my presentation.