Livable Communities

November 4, 2012 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to present on a panel at the 2012 MD/DE Chapter of the American Planning Association conference with Louis Tenenbaum and Alexander Chen.  Our presentation was a collaboration of viewpoints, from macro to micro, regarding Livable Communities.

A Livable Community provides residents with the ability to access goods, services, and transportation to support participation in meaningful activities that encourages civic and social connectedness.   My role, as an occupational therapist that specializes in environmental modifications, was to talk about the micro–the individual, and how the environment/community impacts an individual’s ability to participate in community activities.  Livable communities enable participation outside of the home.  There is plenty of research that espouses the benefits of social engagement on health and wellness, including but not limited to diminished cognitive decline, increased physical and mental health, and overall better quality of life.  Planning cities and communities with a Universal Design approach allows for participation by the majority of residents, regardless of age or ability, and provides for a sustainable city/community that will continue to benefit future generations.

How livable is your city/community?

Entry filed under: Aging-In-Place design, Livable Communities, Universal Design. Tags: , , , , , , , .

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