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Older People's Use of Unfamiliar Space

Grant reference: RES-352-25-0003

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Conference paper/presentation details

Older people’s use of unfamiliar space (OPUS) : a comparison of walkability in the virtual and physical environment of a town centre
At the same time as we age, the environments we inhabit also change. Our ability to cope with finding our way around new places or with navigating known places that have altered potentially becomes unsynchroniised with the pace of change. The central aim of the project is to determine the mechanisms and strategies used by older people to navigate unfamiliar spaces.
Conference details

Primary contributor

Author Nigel S. Walford

Additional contributors

Co-author Ann E. Hockey
Co-author Judith E. Phillips


ageism; care for the elderly; pensions; architecture; infrastructure; planning policy; old persons; elderly; aged; old people; urban areas

Additional details

RGS-IBG annual international conference : confronting the challenges of the post crisis global economy and environment
01 September 2010


NigelWalford_RGSIBG10.pdf (.pdf / 2212kb)