This research was funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, with additional support from Portland State University, the University of Utah, and community partners Assist Inc. and Unlimited Choices.
Aging population, Older people -- Services for, Older people -- Transportation
Research on older adults frequently explores the notion of "aging in place"—providing older adults the opportunity to continue to live in their own homes and communities. However one’s ability to stay or leave, particularly in old age, often depends on the built environment. An accessible neighborhood that prioritizes mobility affords the ability to meet basic needs like goods, services, and social activities.
This life-space mobility is rarely applied in the field of urban planning and architecture. A NITC project led by Ivis Garcia Zambrana of the University of Utah and Alan DeLaTorre of Portland State University sought to operationalize this concept and draw policy implications for the architecture and urban planning fields.
Zambrana, I., and DeLaTorre, A. Life-Space Mobility: How Transportation and Policy can Support Aging in Place for Older Adults. Project Brief 1109. Portland, OR: Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), 2019.