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Key Findings from the research

Listed are the key summary documents from the various sections of the research.  

1. Overall results

The Co-Motion project had three overarching aims: to explore mobility and wellbeing for older people going through critical but common life changes; to investigate and address the needs of different groups of older people; and to create practical tools which can act as complements or alternatives to the re-design of the (physical) environment. Read the summary below to see our key findings and recommendations for policy and practice, as well as potential directions for future research.

CoMotion key findings summary (PDF , 2,055kb)

2. Results by geographical location

The results can also be read by location - please click on the summaries below for the findings for York, Leeds and Hexham.

Lay Summary for York (PDF , 1,326kb)

Lay Summary for Leeds (PDF , 987kb)

Lay Summary for Hexham (PDF , 1,371kb)

3. Results for the different aspects explored

The research around attitudes and behaviours reveals that the physical design of the built environment is part of the jigsaw that shapes the ease with which people navigate outdoor spaces. The attitudes and behaviours of others can also impact positively and negatively on people’s experiences of being out and about, as well as the capacity and confidence to be mobile.  Read more about our findings...

 Attitudes and Behaviours Key Summary (PDF , 315kb)


The research around mobile applications shows how technologies such as smartphones and tablet computers can be help support older people to take part in physical activities and maintain their wellbeing. However, to make sure that such technologies are usable and acceptable by older people, it is crucial they are involved in all stages of their design. Our research involved older people in creating a prototype walking for wellbeing app. Read more about our findings...

 Mobile App Key Summary (PDF , 329kb)


The research around driving cessation shows that given the significance of older people keeping mobile, as a society there is a need to reconceptualise driving cessation as more than a private or family matter but one that has profound health, economic and social consequences. Read more about our findings...

Driving Cessation Key Summary (PDF , 424kb)


The research around mobility scooter use discusses how improvements to the built environment and future designs of mobility scooters might better support mobility and well-being in later life. Read more about our findings...

Mobility Scooters Key Summary (PDF , 417kb)


4. Mobile App proto-type

This shows the prototype app we developed for the walking for wellbeing app.

Mobile App Prototype ( 1,511kb download)


5. Participant Newsletter - interim results

Comotion newsletter Cover

CoMotion Newsletter 1 (PDF , 1,358kb)

6. Presentations

How much does where you live affect where you live affect where you go and how you feel?
A study of older people in Northern England

‘WS-04 Housing and living conditions of ageing populations’ ENHR 2014, Edinburgh, 2nd-4th July 
Delivered 3rd July  By: Rebecca Tunstall, Karen Croucher, Mark Bevan, David Swallow (University of York), Rose Gilroy (University of Newcastle), Moyra Riseborough (freelance)

ENHR Presentation (PDF , 1,325kb)