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How Are Local Policies Promoting Older People’s Mobility? A Case Study

GOVCOPP—Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies Research Unit, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
CEGOT—Centre of Studies on Geography and Spatial Planning, 4150-564 Porto, Portugal
Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
CIPES—Research Center on Higher Education Policies, 4450-227 Matosinhos, Portugal
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Urban Sci. 2018, 2(3), 63;
Received: 6 July 2018 / Revised: 27 July 2018 / Accepted: 31 July 2018 / Published: 2 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning and Design for Age-friendly Communities)
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Aging populations pose a challenge to many policy areas. Although the importance of the built environment on citizens’ mobility and quality of life has been widely acknowledged in the literature, research focusing on elderly people is relatively recent and still scarce namely in Portugal. This article aims at understanding how local stakeholders perceive the built environment and occupational activities targeted to the elderly. The article focuses on the municipality of Viseu, a medium-sized city located in the NUTSII Centro Region of Portugal, considered twice to be the best city to live in in Portugal. Document analysis and face-to-face semi-structured interviews of local stakeholders were conducted. Findings show that there is still a need to take further policy steps to allow older adults to be more active and to promote the neighbourhood’s walkability. View Full-Text
Keywords: local policies; old-aged people; built environment; walkable environment; activities local policies; old-aged people; built environment; walkable environment; activities
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Santinha, G.; Costa, C.; Diogo, S. How Are Local Policies Promoting Older People’s Mobility? A Case Study. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 63.

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