Citizen science and the built environment

view of a pedestrian street with an older man waving his right arm in the air.Nurses and other health professionals are the latest group to be urged to play a part in creating improvements to the built environment to promote healthy ageing. Dr Anthony Tuckett of University of Queensland’s School of Nursing says, “This would involve older adults taking an active role in documenting features of their environment that help or hinder healthy living and then voicing them to policy makers to promote change.” This is not a new idea. The World Health Organization promotes the idea of a “bottom up” approach to improving streets and neighbourhoods for older people. The two minute video below “Our Voice Citizen Science for Health Equity” explains more and you can see the article, Senior citizen science: older people urged to advocate for changes to built environment, published in Aged Care InSite.