A range of factors related to the natural landscape can help or hinder older people’s capacity to walk in their local area. Steep hills can be difficult for older people to manage and so handrails or clear alternative routes to services and amenities are required to ensure walkability.
"This lady here, this is at the top of that steep hill, she’s 87. I know she said she hasn’t driven for a year…but there’s not even a bus at the top of the hill." (Participant 35, female, 69 years)
“I would do a lot more walking if I could walk uphill and downhills.” (Participant 3, female, 63 years)
Map: Participant walks through park adjacent to home to avoid hilly area to access services. Click on image to enlarge.
"This is a very steep hill down to there. Usually, I walk down from the gardens, through the parkway." (Participant 3, female, 63 years)
“There's rails to hold on to, particularly down to [the] ferry because that's very steep, but there's handrails there, so that's great. The use of handrails is very important.” (Participant 11, female, 79 years)