Is Milan a City for Elderly? Mobility for Aging in Place

  • Ilaria Mariotti Politecnico di Milano
  • Aleid Elizabeth Brouwer Academy of HRM & Business, NHL Stenden University of applied Science Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
  • Marcello Gelormini World Health Organization
Keywords: Elderly, Mobility, Neighborhood, Milan, Local Public Transport


Italy is among the ‘eldest’ countries in the world, with increasing numbers of elderly becoming older and participating in society. In order to ensure that these and future elderly are able to age in place, the possibilities to get around in one’s own neighborhood should be available and safe in use. In order to gain insight in the mobility issues of elderly in Italy we investigated 11 Milanese neighborhoods through in depth interviews to see how elderly perceive their neighborhood in terms of mobility. We find that that the respondent move at least twice a day outside and have a preference for local public transport and walking, followed by the use of the private car. Most of them prefer to age in place and feel happy in their current environment. However, more research needs to be done to give proper policy handles for local municipalities before we can agree what is necessary for age friendly neighborhoods.



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Author Biographies

Ilaria Mariotti, Politecnico di Milano

Ilaria Mariotti is Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Economics at DAStU-Politecnico di Milano (IT). She achieved a M.Sc in Regional Science at the University of Reading (UK), a Ph.D In Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen (NL), and a Ph.D in Transport Economics at the University of Genoa (IT). Her main research interest concerns the location of manufacturing and logistics firms, the effects of FDI in the home and host countries, sustainable mobility and elderly.

Aleid Elizabeth Brouwer, Academy of HRM & Business, NHL Stenden University of applied Science Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Aleid Elisabeth Brouwer is a research professor at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden (NL) and also has an appointment at the University of Groningen (NL). She holds a M.Sc. in Economic Geography and a Ph.D. in Spatial Sciences both from the University of Groningen. Her research focuses on a wide range of topics among which entrepreneurship, vital regions, vulnerable groups and ageing in place.
Marcello Gelormini, World Health Organization
Marcello Gelormini is a public health expert with long experience in international cooperation. He has worked on a wide range of health topics, including how the built environment affects health outcomes in urban contexts. He is currently collaborating with WHO/Europe on epidemiological surveillance on antimicrobial resistance in the European region


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How to Cite
Mariotti, I., Brouwer, A., & Gelormini, M. (2018). Is Milan a City for Elderly? Mobility for Aging in Place. Tema - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 95-104.
Special Issue 2018. SIET Elderly mobility