The Virtual Environment in Communication of Age-Friendly Design

  • Eunju Hwang
  • Andrew Park
  • Andrew Sixsmith
  • Gloria Gutman
Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 9)


There is a mismatch between the design of many communities and the needs of older persons. Many communities are designed for people who are at work during the day and at home during the night. Their main travel method is by car. Typically the connectivity and walkability between housing and services, such as doctor’s offices and grocery stores, have not been a priority. However, with the increasing number of older persons aging-in-place, many communities are in the process of major transformation of their environments to be more supportive and age friendly. To date, over 100 local communities across Canada are engaged in Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) activities and five provinces have identified AFC as a priority (PHAC, 2010).


Virtual Environment Traffic Volume Focus Group Interview Homeless People Environmental Audit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eunju Hwang
    • 1
  • Andrew Park
    • 2
  • Andrew Sixsmith
    • 3
  • Gloria Gutman
    • 3
  1. 1.Apparel, Housing, and Resource ManagementVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Computing ScienceThompson Rivers UniversityKamloopsCanada
  3. 3.Gerontology Research CentreSimon Fraser University, Harbour CentreVancouverCanada

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