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Elderly neighbor resorts to calling a cab simply to cross the poorly designed street.

Central to the creation of livable communities is the ability for everyone, regardless of age or ability, to travel safely. Yet, many of our nation’s roads do little to meet the needs of the growing population of older Americans. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2025, nearly one in five Americans will be over the age of 65, totaling 62 million Americans. Many older adults will continue to drive for most of their trips, but some will face physical and cognitive challenges that must be addressed to enable their continued mobility and independence. continue reading>>

Source: National Complete Streets Coalition

Considerations in building cities for seniors

Joanne Spearing, an 80-year-old resident of Welland, Ont., slowly disembarks from a city bus. Urban planners say more attention needs to be paid to the special demands of an aging population. | Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail

Joanne Spearing, an 80-year-old resident of Welland, Ont., slowly disembarks from a city bus. Urban planners say more attention needs to be paid to the special demands of an aging population. | Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail

Is 30 seconds enough time to cross the street? Not if you’re over the age of 65.

“Pedestrian crossings are made for Olympic runners,” one elderly Canadian responded in a survey conducted by the World Health Organization.

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Photo Credit: Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail
Source: The Globe and Mail

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