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

p>The team will recruit a suitable community of approximately 300 older people to participate in an in-depth survey of older people's experience of the failures or successes of the built environment from the perspective of varying levels of mobility.

This will identify barriers to, and, accessed through UK Online, in collaboration with Age UK.

They will then approach approximately 50 older people (and their invited carers) based in Sheffield, which will explore the detailed picture of older people's interaction with their environment according to their levels of mobility and limiting illness (such as dementia). Later they will test design scenarios through focus groups and interviews with this group.

The project is mainly concerned with both the design of newly built housing and the surrounding environment and the re-fitting of existing housing and neighbourhoods.

The team are focusing the research on standard housing, rather than care homes for older people, as this will help to meet the needs of older people who wish to remain in their own homes.

Press Contact: Shemina Davis, Media Relations Manager, University of Sheffield
Tel: 0114 222 5339 shemina.davis@sheffield.ac.uk


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