Walk the Talk Team (WTT)

Walk the Talk Team (WTT)

The Walk the Talk Team (WTT) evaluates how the built and social environments are associated with older adult mobility – the physical capacity to walk or move within communities. Mobility is the focus of the research as it has immediate impact on health, social connectedness and quality of life outcomes in older adults.

The WTT program of research includes numerous integrated research projects – from a cross-sectional study of low income older adults from the Greater Vancouver area, a longitudinal (4 years) qualitative interview and mixed methods study of low income older adults from the Greater Vancouver area, scoping reviews, mobility enhancing intervention programs, participatory action initiatives, among other projects. Taken together, the WTT team is creating a rich and expansive data set for which to describe how old adults’ experiences with mobility, health and the built and social environments.

Guiding every aspect of WTT research is a commitment to addressing community needs and knowledge gaps. Each project has been co-designed with numerous stakeholders in an effort to support streamlined uptake and impact (i.e. BC Housing, City of Vancouver, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, West End Seniors’ Network).

Lead PIs: Heather McKay, Stirling Bryan, Joanie Sims-Gould
Managing Director: Sarah Lusina-Furst