How Your Neighborhood Affects How You Age

A growing body of research is focusing on environmental influences. One avenue of inquiry involves how neighborhood characteristics, such as walkability, income level, and safety, can affect people’s ability to stay healthy and benefit from “aging in place”—that is, remaining in their homes and communities, as most Baby Boomers have indicated they’d like to do. http://bit.ly/2m8rneM

Don’t Just Buy American, Buy Local

Communities must be designed appropriately if they wish to retain their wealth. They must have small shops, close to where people live, that are easily accessible on foot or bike. These shops must sell goods produced within the metro region, and the community itself must make enough goods to sell throughout the region. http://bit.ly/2lrFNpq

Mind-controlled telepresence device can benefit less physically abled users

Watch this amazing video which allows those with a disability the ability to “visit” so many more places. http://bit.ly/2lIkzRD

Harnessing the Power of Nature to Improve Our Cities

Given study after study demonstrate that access to nature can improve and even lengthen lives, it’s deeply unfair that not every community gets to have the healing benefits of nature. Plus, we must also must figure out how to reach an increasingly technology-fixated public, who are often interacting with nature through their phone’s camera. http://bit.ly/2kSRwNN

Staying healthy during winter weather

On the surface, colder conditions don’t seem conducive to outdoor physical activity, but there are some potential pluses to keeping up an exercise regimen during winter. For instance, less heat and humidity may mean you can take a longer walk or run than usual, which can mean burning more calories. http://bit.ly/2jVdS1i

Why Americans Aren’t Moving

The mobility of Americans has reached record lows, according the latest data from the U.S. Census. http://bit.ly/2k3PZ3B

Oslo Offers Citizens $1,200 to Buy an E-Bike

So why is Norway’s capital putting its money behind cargo bikes? Because Oslo needs to push for a further shift away from cars if its air is going to be breathable. Like many European cities, Oslo’s air quality has been pretty poor so far this winter, leading the city to put a temporary driving ban on diesel-fueled vehicles in order to help clear the atmosphere. http://bit.ly/2k3D0Bp