Event Title

City Infrastructure And Mobility: Experience Of The Older Adult

Location

Lobby in front of Auditorium

Start Date

19-4-2019 11:00 AM

Department

Social Work

Description

This study is being conducted to determine what changes have been made in city infrastructure and how it has either impacted the older population’s mobility negatively or positively. In an ideal world, every population will be mobile in all cities; however, that is not the case with current city infrastructure and how it limits the mobility of the older population. This study will specifically focus on the older population in the Chicagoland area, but further research will be conducted on what other cities are doing to improve the mobility for the older population. The three social conditions that result from this problem are limitation of space for (i.e. wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc), lack of proper transportation, and improper structure paved or built. Some factors that contribute to the limitations of the older population mobility are the limited advancements made to assist this population to be mobile and limited structure advancements that provide space and assistance for this population to move about. Using a qualitative research design, this study attempts to compile the experiences of the older adult population that experience limitations with their assistive devices due to city infrastructure. The purpose of this study is to determine whether city infrastructure has made an impact of the older population’s mobility, in order to evaluate if city infrastructure is meeting this population’s needs. In this proposed study a qualitative research method will be used. The research designed selected for this proposed study is explanatory descriptive. The population selected for this study is older adult population, also can be referred as the geriatric population. This population is determined by age. To be considered an older adult you will have to be 55 and older. For the research study the older adult must meet the criteria of being 55 and older that uses an assistive device to be mobile within the city infrastructure. The sample will be selected using a non-random convenience sampling method. For this qualitative study, an interview protocol will be used to collect data. The goals of an interview protocol are to retrieve the experience of the older adult that mobilizes with an assistive device within city infrastructures. The achievement of this study is to compile the viewpoints of the older population who are mobile through various assistive devices and how those assistive devices become limited within city infrastructure. The benefit of this research is to assist the social work field to give a voice to a population who can be unheard by the masses. This research can further determine what the population’s mobility needs and what change is needed to aid the older population’s mobility. The older population is increasing and it is time for social workers to push agenda that will benefit this population currently and how increasing benefits for the older population now will benefit later generations as they age.

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Apr 19th, 11:00 AM

City Infrastructure And Mobility: Experience Of The Older Adult

Lobby in front of Auditorium

This study is being conducted to determine what changes have been made in city infrastructure and how it has either impacted the older population’s mobility negatively or positively. In an ideal world, every population will be mobile in all cities; however, that is not the case with current city infrastructure and how it limits the mobility of the older population. This study will specifically focus on the older population in the Chicagoland area, but further research will be conducted on what other cities are doing to improve the mobility for the older population. The three social conditions that result from this problem are limitation of space for (i.e. wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc), lack of proper transportation, and improper structure paved or built. Some factors that contribute to the limitations of the older population mobility are the limited advancements made to assist this population to be mobile and limited structure advancements that provide space and assistance for this population to move about. Using a qualitative research design, this study attempts to compile the experiences of the older adult population that experience limitations with their assistive devices due to city infrastructure. The purpose of this study is to determine whether city infrastructure has made an impact of the older population’s mobility, in order to evaluate if city infrastructure is meeting this population’s needs. In this proposed study a qualitative research method will be used. The research designed selected for this proposed study is explanatory descriptive. The population selected for this study is older adult population, also can be referred as the geriatric population. This population is determined by age. To be considered an older adult you will have to be 55 and older. For the research study the older adult must meet the criteria of being 55 and older that uses an assistive device to be mobile within the city infrastructure. The sample will be selected using a non-random convenience sampling method. For this qualitative study, an interview protocol will be used to collect data. The goals of an interview protocol are to retrieve the experience of the older adult that mobilizes with an assistive device within city infrastructures. The achievement of this study is to compile the viewpoints of the older population who are mobile through various assistive devices and how those assistive devices become limited within city infrastructure. The benefit of this research is to assist the social work field to give a voice to a population who can be unheard by the masses. This research can further determine what the population’s mobility needs and what change is needed to aid the older population’s mobility. The older population is increasing and it is time for social workers to push agenda that will benefit this population currently and how increasing benefits for the older population now will benefit later generations as they age.