An urban planning perspective on planning to address the needs and capabilities of a growing seniors population: an investigation of the senior friendly communities approach
thesisposted on 25.05.2021, 07:14 authored by Brahm Levine
This research examines the aging population and explores how the urban built environment should be transformed to be friendlier to seniors. Rapidly approaching, an unprecedented shift in demographics will significantly increase the proportion of the seniors’ population. Their changing needs and capabilities will pose accessibility issues within the built environment. A case study of the waterfront neighbourhood of Port Credit in Mississauga, Ontario will be used, as an example of a local aging population. By studying policy documents, a recent mixed-use development, site visits, and interviewing key informants, it was found that dense, compact and transit-oriented developments (TODs) that are walkable, allow seniors to age- in-place better, compared to the traditional neighbourhood design. In Summary, this research reveals that by making the urban built environment more walkable, and accessible, seniors can be more independent, safer and better be integrated into the community for a longer time.
DegreeMaster of Planning
Granting InstitutionRyerson University
LAC Thesis TypeThesis
Thesis AdvisorChristian Fisker
Retirement communities -- Ontario -- Mississauga -- PlanningOlder people -- Housing -- Ontario -- MississaugaCity planning -- Health aspects -- Ontario -- MississaugaSocial integration -- Ontario -- MississaugaPort Credit (Mississauga, Ont.)Transit-oriented development -- Ontario -- Port Credit -- Case studiesPedestrian facilities design -- Ontario -- Port Credit -- Case studies