Ahrentzen, S., 2004, Community design that support active living among elderly in a cold-climate community, ENHR-Conference University Cambridge
- Author : Ahrentzen, S.
- Year : 2004
- Title English : Community design that support active living among elderly in a cold-climate community
- Pages : 21
- Publisher : ENHR-Conference University Cambridge
- Abstract in English : (from internet) A key challenge today is how best to promote the health of an aging population. While research demonstrates the health value of daily life activities such as walking, gardening, and the like, systematic research on the role of community-scale physical factors • such as path choice, visual stimuli, varied streetscapes, street configuration and width, etc. • on active living of elderly residents remains nascent. Study of these factors that support active living in cold-climate communities is likewise minimal. A city within the Milwaukee metropolis provides an exceptional context in which to begin such an investigation. Greendale provides an array of neighborhoods with varying concentrations of elderly residents and with varying design and land use characteristics. Pockets of Greendale are naturally occurring retirement communities, or NORCs; places where a high percentage of older residents live even though they were not planned or designed with older adults in mind. Indeed, many more U.S. elderly residents (27%) live in NORCs compared to those (5%) living in planned retirement communities. But we little understand the attraction and evolution of a NORC, and even less about those community design characteristics that enhance active living among elderly residents there.
- Outline in English : Outline
- Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: elderly, health, physical movement, landscape design. http://www.enhr2004.org/files/papers/Ahrentzen,%20S.%20-%20Communiy%20design%20features.pdf