PROMOTING ACTIVE LIVING FOR SENIORS
Working with public housing residents to improve walkability and promote falls prevention programming and fitness equipment use
Why Active Living for Seniors?
- Older adults who stay physically active have better physical and mental health and are more likely to be able to live independently.
- Being active also helps seniors get out of their homes and maintain their social connections. Preventing loneliness and isolation is important to staying healthy.
The Health Department is partnering with the Minneapolis Highrise Representative Council (MHRC) to improve active living for seniors living in Minneapolis Public Housing Authority highrises. Together we are engaging seniors living in 10 highrises to make it easier to walk around the highrises, use fitness equipment in the buildings, and access falls prevention classes. An advisory committee is helping lead these efforts and is made up of highrise residents, MHRC staff, Health Department staff, Public Works staff, Volunteers of America social workers, and Allina Health staff.
For more information, contact:
- Charles Horn Towers, 3110 Blaisdell Ave
- Hiawatha Towers, 2121 16th Ave S
- Hamilton Manor, 1314 44th Ave N
- The Riverside, 2728 E Franklin Ave
- Park Center, 1515 Park Ave
- Lyndale Manor, 600 18th Ave N
- Cedar High Apartments, 1627 S 6th St
- Parker Skyview, 1815 Central Ave NE
- Heritage Commons at Pond's Edge, 350 Van White Memorial Blvd
- Spring Manor, 828 Spring St NE
- An advisory committee has been established and meets monthly.
- MHRC and the Health Department held listening sessions and walking audits at 10 buildings to learn more about residents' barriers to walking and using fitness equipment, as well as their interest in falls prevention classes. You can download a full report or an executive summary with the results of the walking audits. Common barriers to walking identified by residents include:
- Sidewalk and pavement conditions, including uneven sidewalks and pavement, poor snow clearance (see top image to the right), obstructed and/or narrow sidewalks (see middle image to the right), and sidewalk steepness
- Crossing streets, including long wait times for walk signals, short crossing times at signalized intersections, curb cut problems and lack of mid-block crossings (see bottom image to the right)
- Personal comfort, including personal safety concerns, insufficient lighting, and lack of bus shelters
- Sharing the route, including speeding/fast traffic, high-density traffic, traffic not yielding to pedestrians, and lack of separation of bikers/walkers
- As a result of their participation in this project, several buildings have started their own walking clubs, where residents meet up once or twice a week to walk together.
For many seniors, it is important that sidewalks are clear and free of tripping hazards. Make sure your neighborhood streets are friendly for seniors:
- Ensure your sidewalks are in good repair and free of snow, brush, and other tripping hazards
- Call 311 to report unsafe walking conditions, such as uneven sidewalks or sidewalks that are not clear of snow or ice
Last updated Jan 21, 2016