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Aging People, Aging PlacesExperiences, Opportunities and Challenges of Growing Older in Canada$
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Maxwell Hartt, Samantha Biglieri, Mark Rosenberg, and Sarah Nelson

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781447352563

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447352563.001.0001

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‘An accessible route is always the longest’: older adults’ experience of their urban environment captured by user-led audits and photovoice

‘An accessible route is always the longest’: older adults’ experience of their urban environment captured by user-led audits and photovoice

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Aging People, Aging Places
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Atiya Mahmood

Delphine Labbé

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447352563.003.0003

This chapter presents the results of neighbourhood built-environment audits and photo elicitation from a study conducted in the Greater Vancouver Area in British Columbia (BC) in order to explore the barriers and facilitators encountered by older mobility device (MD) users. It analyzes propositions of the ecological model of aging, which explains how the environment plays a significant role in outcomes for older persons experiencing a decline in competence. It also discusses immediate home and neighbourhood environments that are important for older adults, as they are less likely to be working or have the ability to access a variety of locations in the urban environment. The chapter elaborates how very old people tend to decrease their action range and spend large portions of the day at home and the 'immediate outdoor environment'. It reviews research that shows that the physical environment close to home has a strong relationship with mobility and social participation among older adults.

Keywords:   photo elicitation, mobility device, built-environment audits, aging, older adults, environment, old people

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