Seniors: Walkability Benefits for an Aging Public

September 22, 2014 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

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Baby boomers are retiring in droves in an unprecedented American demographic shift… A growing body of research points to the importance of designing or retrofitting communities for walkability to accommodate senior citizens and allow them to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle upon retirement. Walkable neighborhoods help seniors remain active, healthy, social and free to move around.

Many retirees choose to age in place—to avoid moving and remain in their homes as long as possible. But since baby boomers were the generation that built suburbia, many will want to maintain a quality of life in unwalkable neighborhoods….

Independence builds self-worth and being able to move around your neighborhood is freeing. “More than 20 percent of Americans age 65 or older do not drive….Men outlive their “drive-ability” by 7 years, women by 10 years. Public transit becomes key for allowing seniors to remain independent.

Prepare for life ahead. What to do when grandma, dad, your sibling or yourself want independence after retirement so you can age in a home comfortably? Read about Baby Boomer mobility issues HERE>> 

Reposted from Walk Score, by Jocelyn Milici Ceder.

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Entry filed under: Active Transportation, Community, Health/Wellness.

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