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

Economy EP/K037293/1 - Professor Vicki Hanson - University of Dundee in collaboration with academics at Newcastle University and Dundee.

Grant value 1.3 million

With changes in population demographics resulting in a growing number of care homes, economic, health and ethical considerations demand that attention be directed to effective means of creating an enabling built environment to provide older adults with healthy and socially fulfilling lives.

This research addresses a significant knowledge gap focussed on measures to mitigate problems and enhance the experience of older people within the built environment.

Through systematic analysis of the failings and successes of older people's care environments, the research will identify how better-informed building design can help greater mobility, physical activity, social connectedness and wellbeing of older people.

Project partners:

Balhousie Care Group Bupa Care Services Collective Architecture Limited
Healthfield Residential Home Ltd

Press Contact: Roddy Isles, Head of Press, University of Dundee
Tel: 01382 384910 M: 07800 581902 r.isles@dundee.ac.uk


Co-design of the built environment for mobility in later life - EP/K03748X/1 - Professor Becky Tunstall - University of York in collaboration with academics at University of Leeds, Newcastle University and Northumbria University.

Grant value: 1.2 million

The project will be working with about 120 older people across three sites in Northern England. It will focus on older people going through critical but common life transitions which may affect well-being and mobility - such as, losing a driving licence, losing a partner, sight deterioration or becoming a carer.

Older people will be asked to participate in a series of interviews to explore mobility and wellbeing over time. Smaller groups will
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