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China has become an agingsociety. Aging in place is an important option for the elderly people in Chinadue to the influence of Chinese tradition. Communities are the environmentwhere the elderly people spend most of their time. The walking space in thecommunities is important for the safety of the elderly people. The researchstudied the safety of walking space of the elderly people living in thecommunities by using the data collected by observation, interviews andquestionnaire surveys. The results identified three types of risks which arecaused by pavements, public facilities and surrounding environment based on thequalitative analysis. The results of the quantitative analysis by using SPSS19.0 found that the risks are highest in surrounding environment than the pavementsand public facilities. The public facilities have the lowest risks. Thefindings of this study provide knowledge for future transformation of the oldcommunities and the planning of new communities.

KEYWORDS

Walking Space, Community, The Elderly People, Risk

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Yang, S. and Zhu, Q. 2017 The Safety of Walking Space for the Elderly People Living in Communities in Beijing, China. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 5, 153-158. doi: 10.4236-jss.2017.54014.





Autor: Shuwen Yang1, Qing Zhu2*

Fuente: http://www.scirp.org/



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