Walking and Talking: Recommendations for Doing Mobile Interviews with Older Adults
Dr. Croff’s work was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number U48DP005006 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity AARGD-17-44365, the Oregon Roybal Center for Aging & Technology (ORCATECH; P30AG024978), and the NIA - Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center (P30AG008017).
Journal of Aging and Environment
Gentrification, Dementia, Aging, African Americans, Older people, Interviews
Mobile methods, including walking interviews, have rarely been used in research with older adults. We compare and contrast two studies that engaged older adults in walking interviews conducted by the coauthors. The first study examined the meaning of food access with residents of publicly-subsidized housing, and the second involved Black Americans in a study of brain health and gentrification. Older adults, including those with physical and mild cognitive impairment, can participate in walking interviews. Key decisions and advice for researchers interested in using mobile methods with this population, including participant safety, comfort abilities, and technology use, are provided.
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Carder, P., Croff, R., Tuttle, A., & Towns, J. Walking and Talking: Recommendations for Doing Mobile Interviews with Older Adults. Journal of Aging and Environment. https://doi.org/10.1080/26892618.2022.2030844