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Friday, April 6 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.54 Housing and Transportation in an Aging Friendly Community

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About one out of every seven persons in the United States currently is age 65 or older. By 2030, this proportion will increase to one in five which is 20% of the United States population, and the large Baby Boomer group born between 1946 and 1964 will move into retirement. The needs of these seventy-five million will affect the communities in which they live. Faced with this dramatic increase in the elderly population, experts try to find new ways to ensure that our built environments support aging in place and that older people are welcomed and have their practical ongoing needs met in their communities.
In an aging society, housing and transportation are two important factors in planning and designing aging-friendly communities. The home is a place which plays a significant role in seniors’ lives and ties them with their family members, their close friends, and their neighbors. Transportation helps older adults maintain their mobility independence to keep in touch with other people and access different places. The aim of this project is to examine aging in place and the importance of housing and transportation for senior citizens in their daily lives. In order to see the results more realistically rather than merely theorizing about hypothetical scenarios, the project will focus on Norman, Oklahoma as a case study. To find out whether Norman is an age-friendly city this project will answer the following questions.
What are the characteristics of a decent housing and transportation system in an aging-friendly community?
What problems and issues do citizens age 65 or over have in their neighborhoods regarding housing and transportation?
In order to find answers to these questions, interviews, and surveys on people age 65 or older will be conducted in Norman. Research on aging-friendly communities has been done by different organizations and experts in other cities, but there is no related research in this area for Norman. This project will be the first one.

Sara Hajirezaie, University of Oklahoma; Charles Warnken, University of Oklahoma

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Sara Hajirezaie

Doctoral Student, University of Oklahoma

Friday April 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Provincial Ballroom (2nd Floor)