Project Manager

Name: Begoña Guirao Abad

Brief description of the project

The COViD-19 crisis has shown in Madrid that one of the most vulnerable population groups are the elderly. The elderly have experienced how their mobility has been reduced, first, by the confinement stage; and, subsequently, social distancing requirements. Mobility is a fundamental premise for the well-being of the elderly, and it has been shown that it increases health benefits, increases longevity and promotes social integration, avoiding isolation. This project aims to promote and know in detail the active mobility of the elderly in Madrid through a telephone and online accompaniment that will be carried out by a group of students of the ETSI Caminos (UPM). A sample of elderly people will be selected with the help of the Madrid City Council to be informed of the benefits of mobility and avoid social isolation. This sample will be surveyed to know in detail the new demands of this group in terms of mobility: perception of road accident risk, what itineraries it now considers safe to travel on foot, what cultural and sports activities have given up moving due to the pandemic, their level of use of public transport and the use they still make of the private vehicle.

Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 3. Health and well-being
  • SDG 4. Quality education
  • SDG 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Target population

Master’s degree students (Master of Civil Engineering).

Activities to be carried out by students

  • Telephone accompaniment to the elderly, informing of the advantages of active mobility (easily understandable examples will be given, figures that provide clear medical results, etc.)
  • Design of the mobility survey (perception of accident risk, infrastructure perception, frequent itineraries). Survey campaign.
  • Analysis of the results of the survey and the information/ accompaniment campaign.