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Older People's Use of Unfamiliar Space

Grant reference: RES-352-25-0003

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Presentation/lecture details

Methods for spatial analysis of older people’s responses to unfamiliar spaces
As built environments change through regeneration, decline and changes in society’s use of space, previously familiar places may become unfamiliar; unfamiliarity can lead to insecurity, disorientation, fear over personal safety, social exclusion and loss of independence; this is important both for individual adults as they age and for those planning spaces for an ageing demographic structure.

Primary contributor

Author Nigel Walford

Additional contributors

Co-author Edgar Samarasundera

Bodies involved

Organising body Centre for Earth and Environmental Sciences Research
Host Kingston University


ageism; care for the elderly; architecture; infrastructure; planning policy

Additional details

Kingston upon Thames
14 October 2009
14 October 2009


KU OPUS presentation.pdf (.pdf / 2091kb)