Walking and Talking: Recommendations for Doing Mobile Interviews with Older Adults

Paula Carder, Raina Croff, Aliza Tuttle, Juell Towns

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Mobile methods, including walking interviews, have rarely been used in research with older adults. We compare and contrast two studies that engaged older adults in walking interviews conducted by the coauthors. The first study examined the meaning of food access with residents of publicly-subsidized housing, and the second involved Black Americans in a study of brain health and gentrification. Older adults, including those with physical and mild cognitive impairment, can participate in walking interviews. Key decisions and advice for researchers interested in using mobile methods with this population, including participant safety, comfort abilities, and technology use, are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Aging and Environment
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Dementia
  • food access
  • mobile methods
  • older adults
  • walking interview

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health(social science)
  • Gerontology
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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