Research on older adults explores the notion of “aging in place”—providing older adults the opportunity to continue to occupy familiar surroundings, to live in their own homes and communities. But oftentimes one’s ability to stay or leave, particularly in old age, depends on the built environment. Mobility is the ability to meet the basic needs to access goods, activities, services, and social interactions as they relate to quality of life (Mollenkopf, 2005). Thus, mobility is essential to older adults due to their limited, or gradually reducing, physical and cognitive abilities.
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This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and conducted at the University of Utah and Portland State University. Read more about the NITC research: Life-Space Mobility and Aging in Place.
Alan DeLaTorre is a research associate at Portland State University’s Institute on Aging where he coordinates PSU’s Senior Adult Learning Center and Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah County initiative. Dr. DeLaTorre serves as the chair of the Age-friendly Design committee for the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education, as a board member for the Oregon Gerontological Association, and on several local communities in an effort to shape community livability and accessibility. He is passionate about utilizing research to inform and advance community planning and livability.
Ivis Garcia Zambrana is an Assistant Professor in City and Metropolitan Planning (CMP). At CMP she works in close collaboration with the University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) and she is also affiliated with the Metropolitan Research Center (MRC). Her philosophy, methodology, and ethos revolves around conducting research and plans in partnership with stakeholders, being from the grassroots or from institutionalized forms of government. Dr. Garcia is an urban planner with research interests in the areas of community development, housing, and engagement. She has spent time as a community organizer and planner in Albuquerque, New Mexico, San Francisco, California, Springfield, Missouri, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.
Ja Young Kim, University of Utah
This 60-minute webinar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.
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This webinar is hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. The research was funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), a program of TREC and one of five U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers. The NITC program is a Portland State-led partnership with the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah and new partners University of Arizona and University of Texas at Arlington. We pursue our theme — improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities — through research, education and technology transfer.