Measuring Neighborhood Walkability Surrounding Senior Housing

This presenter is part of the Livable Communities for All Ages panel.

Despite the known health benefits of walking for older adults, there is still limited data about the features of the built environment that affect their walkability. One of the greatest challenges is choosing a suitable method for evaluating the tangible features of the walking environment that impact active living. In this study, a microscale sidewalk assessment was applied to objectively measure the walkability of neighborhoods surrounding three selected senior resident facilities in Manhattan, New York. Unbiased evidence identifying the levels of walkability is an essential step toward creating successful active living communities for older adults.

Presenter: Bernardita P. Calinao, PhD, Deputy Director, Orentreich Foundation for the Advancement of Science