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Thousands to shape £8 million age-friendly design projects
Date:9/6/2013

Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York.

Grant value 1.3 Million

Mobility, Mood and Place explores how places can be designed collaboratively to make mobility easy, enjoyable and meaningful for older people. The three-year research project builds on evidence that how we experience environments influences our mood and, in turn, our willingness to be active. By understanding, and building on, the positive qualities that encourage people to go out and to participate in community life, the project team aims to influence policies on how places are planned and designed that enable older people to remain independent, to be inspired and to feel safe.

The project will draw on studies of older people's activity levels outdoors, see http://www.idgo.ac.uk, along with work on the patterns, causes and effects of health conditions among groups of people. It will combine these with techniques in neuroscience involving brain imaging, such as EEGs.

The team will work in equal partnership with older people, including stroke survivors and people with Alzheimer's, to design better environments together. Another innovation is using mobile neural imaging methods to explore real-time emotional responses to place.

Working with data from people now in their 70s and 90s, the research is to consider the influence of local environments in which people have lived from childhood. This combination of approaches will help deliver new ideas about the design of places that support positive emotions, reduce anxiety, and encourage people to be more active and mobile, long into old age.

200 older people and 30 early career designers will be directly participating in the research (120 older people as part of the co-design work; 80 for the EEG work). Additionally, the team will be using data obtained from the Lothian Birth Cohorts, totalling a further 1,641 older people. The dissem
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