Outdoor Spaces & Buildings


“The built environment has a major impact on the mobility, independence and quality of life of older people as they go about their daily lives beyond the comfort of their homes” (WHO)

A community’s built environment includes physical infrastructure such as streets and plazas, private buildings and community facilities.  It also includes natural features like parks, green space, rivers and lakes.  Other qualities of a community, including air and water quality, noise pollution, and safety may be influenced by the built environment. An age-friendly community provides accessible outdoor spaces and buildings to facilitate older adults’ participation in community life.

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