We are committed to making our research accessible and relevant to the public. In addition to conducting state-of-the-art academic research, we make an extra effort to share our findings through storytelling. Below are some interactive articles and story maps that have emerged from our past and current research at the HARP Lab.
Built Environment Against Healthy Aging
The HARP Lab teamed up with the New York Times Opinion team to create an interactive article that highlights some of the major challenges in our cities and rural towns that make it increasingly difficult for older adults to age in place. The article features real-life stories and illustrations of older adults facing various obstacles. These stories offer a powerful glimpse into how older adults struggle to navigate and cope with their challenging environment on a daily basis.
The article was written as part of “Can America Age Gracefully?,” a series on how we can better prepare for the big demographic shift in the next centuries.
Age-Friendly Community Interventions Around the World
Over the past several decades, there have been increased attention on creating supportive environments for older people to live healthy and actively. This movement, spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), is called "Age-Friendly Cities and Communities."
These initiatives explore synergies among improving the physical environment of neighborhoods, transportation, and housing; increasing respect, social inclusion, and community participation; and investing in public services.
Many of the age-friendly initiatives have contributed to the social and health outcomes of older adults, leading changes at the forefront of age-friendly city design and planning.
As part of our scoping review of age-friendly interventions, we have begun to document some of the most promising AFCC interventions around the world.