Recent Streetsblog USA posts about Elderly & Disabled

Portland's program will make several types of adaptive bikes available for short-term rentals. Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland via Better Bike-Share Partnership

Portland — And Soon, Detroit — Bring Bike-Share to People With Disabilities

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Riding a bicycle is too often thought of as an activity that's off-limits for many disabled people. And that has continued to be the case with the bike-share systems getting off the ground in several American cities, which provide standard bicycles meant for the able-bodied. But that's starting to change, thanks to a yearlong effort in Portland that's the first of its kind in the United States.

Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline

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Older adults who live in walkable neighborhoods stay in better shape, physically and mentally, than those who live in car-dependent areas, according to a new study. In a study presented last weekend to the Gerontological Society of America, University of Kansas assistant professor Amber Watts examined 26 subjects with mild Alzheimer’s Disease and 30 healthy control subjects. She […]

Study: Baby Boomers Living in Cities Are More Socially Active

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As Baby Boomers age, cities seems to be better places for them to get the social interaction they seek, according to a new study published in the Journal of Transport Geography. Using special formulas meant to eliminate the “self-selection bias,” researchers from MIT compared the travel habits of Boomers who live in suburban and urban parts […]