The WNY Falls Prevention Consortium, in partnership with AARP, conducted walkability studies in 14 locations within the City of Buffalo and Erie County.
A walkability study examines issues such as crosswalks and curb cuts, sidewalk hazards, and the behavior of local drivers. The target locations for our study focused on low-income older adults, and locations identified as being at highest risk for older adults.
The walkability of a neighborhood greatly impacts an older adult’s ability to maintain Their independence, functionality and remain in their homes. This study sought to both raise awareness of falls risks found in local communities, and to encourage and foster community engagement to improve walkability.
These studies were all conducted on September 22, 2009, which was declared Erie County and the City of Buffalo Falls Prevention Day as a result of our activities.
Focus Area: Vulnerable Older Adults
Date Published: September 1, 2009