Ageing, health and the right to the city. Older people’s perception of accessibility and mobility in the urban space: a review

Abstract: The integration of good mobility and accessibility conditions is fundamental in aging, as it provides easy and convenient access to the desired services, as well as social integration. The aim of this study was to carry out an integrative literature review in order to reflect on ageing, health and the right to the city, in terms of accessibility for the elderly to urban spaces. To this end, articles were researched in Brazilian and foreign literature, based on CAPES and Google Scholar journals. There were around 2,000 titles, including original articles, doctoral theses and master’s dissertations between 2016 and 2020. It was analyzed how the elderly have been placed or how they are placed in social life, and around 810 Brazilian articles were discarded, while 145 foreign articles were discarded out of 489. Acceptance or exclusion of articles for analysis was based on the keywords: ageing, mobility, elderly, urban environment and exclusion. Statistical data from the Brazilian Institute of Research and Geography (IBGE) was also analyzed. Results: Of the articles analyzed, 65% discussed the subject and 15 of them made it into the integrative synthesis, with common ground between the authors, who advocated the creation of inclusive policies, improvements in the provision of access to public health, which today accounts for 31.6% of public spending, and the reorganization of urban space. Conclusion: The elderly population suffers from social abandonment and exclusion, regardless of social class. This situation is exacerbated by poverty on the periphery. The right to enjoy the city and all its spaces must be defended so that quality accessibility is provided, guaranteeing everyone a healthy old age, in response to their contribution to society, so that everyone enjoys the same quality when they reach old age. Access the article here.




Weliomar Antonio de Oliveira; Islane Cristina Martins


Revista Longeviver