I’d go outdoors if I could, wouldn’t you?

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There is growing evidence that well-designed outdoor spaces can enhance the long-term health and wellbeing of those who use them regularly. Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO) is a research project that examines what this means for older people and identify the most effective ways of shaping outdoor environments inclusively.

I’DGO are hosting a debate on Thursday 6th September at the University of Aberdeen ‘Age-friendly places: does one size fit all?’ – which will explore how we can accommodate diversity when meeting the needs of the growing ageing population. They will also be launching design guidance on how our streets and neighbourhoods can be made more user-friendly for people of all ages and abilities.

The session will be introduced by Councillor George Adam, Lord Provost of Aberdeen City Council and speakers and panellists include:

  • Robin Harper FRSSA (Chair), former MSP & Co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party
  • Prof Catharine Ward Thompson, Landscape architect and I’DGO / University of Edinburgh
  • Betty Milton, Equality Transport Advisory Group and A City for All Ages Advisory Group, City of Edinburgh Council
  • Suzy Gentle, Age Scotland

Date and time: Thursday 6th September 10.00-12.00

Venue: Meston Building, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Aberdeen, Elphinstone Rd, Aberdeen AB24 3UE


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