MOBILITY AND AGEING IN URBAN AREAS
In a time of ageing society and of local welfare policies’ restructuring, significant programs are favoring the development of services supporting “aging in place” versus institutionalized solutions such as nursing homes. A lot is to be investigated to understand how joint innovation in the provision of care services, and in the reorganization of urban living environments may provide quality of life (QofL) and wellbeing to those ageing at home. Within this context, the aim of the MOBILAGE research is twofold.
First it aims at investigating which role local public transport (LPT), and welfare and community services play in improving the QofL of elderly. For this purpose, an analysis of the supply and demand of local public transport (LPT), and of welfare and community services concerning the elderly (people aged 65+, divided into three groups: 65-69; 70-74; 75+), living in the municipality of Milan, is carried out.
Second, it aims at providing the public administration with a GIS decision support tool to find out the most appropriate forms of governance to improve and integrate care services for the elderly and urban policy and mobility measures in the city of Milan.
The integration of research approaches and policy tools that are developed in the domain of social and healthcare policies with those developed in the domain of urban planning and mobility is relevant to develop an effective integrated and spatially sound governance of welfare and community services.