Knowledge mobilisation COORDINATEs project

Mobilising different stakeholders to inform housing decision-making support

This study advances mobility research for older adults, informing technology development for housing decision-making support

We conducted a 3-year study in Canada, Sweden, and the Netherlands, entitled COORDINATEs (teChnology tO suppORt DecIsioNmaking about Aging aT homE), to understand how older adults’ mobility impacts their autonomy and housing decisions.

  • Our goals were to assess mobility patterns, co-design an electronic decision support tool (e-DSI), explore older adults’ willingness to use this tool, and synthesize data for future decision-making processes.
  • In Phase 1, we studied 20 older adults in each country using GPS trackers and interviews. We found that social and physical environments affect well-being, identifying two mobility patterns: routine and occasional activity spaces.
  • Phase 2 involved a design sprint in Sweden and the Netherlands to improve housing decisions, while in Canada, a decision aid for older adults was adapted.
  • Phase 3 surveyed 1,000 older adults, showing moderate interest in using electronic decision aids for housing.
  • Our research highlighted how understanding mobility can enhance social connections and well-being for older adults. We also learned that co-designing decision tools must consider cultural differences.
  • Overall, the project promoted collaboration, interdisciplinary insights, and empowered older adults in decision-making. These insights inform policymakers on creating urban planning and transportation policies for older adults’ mobility needs. Technology integration enhances self-management and independence, impacting well-being. Strong partnerships with local organizations ensure ongoing utilization of knowledge.
  • Results have been shared with policymakers, facilitating integration into policy formulation and ongoing dialogue for sustained implementation.

About the team

The research team is an international and multidisciplinary group comprising experts in medicine, nursing, and geography. The team brings together senior researchers with extensive experience and junior researchers, including PhD and MSc candidates, fostering a collaborative and dynamic research environment. This diverse blend of expertise and academic levels enhances the team’s ability to tackle complex research questions from multiple perspectives, ensuring a comprehensive approach to their studies.

Name of lead(s) and their affiliation(s)

France Légaré – Université Laval, Canada

Allyson Jones – University of Alberta, Canada

Louise Meijering – Groningen University, Netherlands

Marie Elf – Dalarna University, Sweden

Pierre Bérubé – Greybox Solutions Inc., Canada