Behavioral Research in Aging, Neuroscience, Cognition, and Health

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Neighborhood Walkability

Assistant professor Amber Watts at right, walkability studyWalking is the most common form of physical activity for older adults and walking most frequently occurs within a person’s neighborhood. Measures of neighborhood walkability can help us understand what makes a person more likely to walk either for leisure or for transportation. Our studies have shown a relationship between the characteristics of neighborhoods and the health and cognitive function of older adults.

Watts, A., Ferdous, F., Diaz Moore, K., & Burns, J. (2015). Neighborhood integration and connectivity predict cognitive decline in older adults with and without Alzheimer’s disease. Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine. doi:10.1177/2333721415599141

Liebmann, E., Breda, A., Watts, A., Ferdous, F., Diaz-Moore, K., & Burns, J. (2015, Nov). Neighborhood Characteristics and Dementia Status Predict Physical Functioning in Older Adults. Paper presented at the 67th annual meeting for the Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, FL.

Research shows easy-to-walk communities can blunt cognitive decline

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