JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ECOLOGY, vol.20, no.1, pp.326-336, 2019 (SCI-Expanded)
This study was conducted to evaluate the usability and livability of urban areas by the individuals who are at and above the age of 50 living in the city of Malatya which is located in the eastern region of Turkey in terms of housing, outdoor and transportation; and to examine the relevant socio-demographic properties. The questionnaire form, which questioned the sociodemographic properties, and the usability of house, transportation and outdoors, consisted of 41 questions. As a result, it was observed that most of the male individual who were above the age of 50 lived in houses that were in adequate size, and the majority of them owned their houses. It was observed that those who lived in rural areas had more heating problems and experienced less security and environmental problems. When physical disability is considered in old age period, it was observed that half of the participants lived in houses or flats that did not have elevators. It was determined that the comfort of public transport was low. The fact that social gender inequality continued at further age was also determined as another finding that has to be emphasised.