Being able to get outdoors is essential for maintaining health and wellbeing into later life, but many older people find it becomes less easy, enjoyable and meaningful as they age.

Meanwhile, our society is growing older: across Europe, the number of people aged 60+ is expected to increase by around two million, annually, for the foreseeable future.

To help ensure that living longer is a positive experience for everyone, we need evidence-based
solutions to known challenges.

The Mobility, Mood and Place research project has been exploring how places can be designed collaboratively to support outdoor activity, health, wellbeing and community engagement as people age.

Find out all about our project, findings and messages in this short animated film recently shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research in Film Awards 2018…

Mobility, Mood and Place has been funded by the UK Research Councils’ Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW) programme and partnered by a network of stakeholder bodies. Bringing together experts from the Universities of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt, York and King’s College London, data collection and analysis ran from September 2013 to January 2017,

In February 2017, the project entered a new phase, in which findings and key messages are being shared with audiences in policy, practice, communities, and the not-for-profit sector to drive forward change in age-friendly approaches to place. These year-long activities are funded by an Impact Acceleration Award from the Economic and Social Research Council.