17.02.17 There is some evidence that physical exercise can slow down cognitive decline so a new smartphone app for walkers could be part of the answer to staying independent for longer by adopting a healthy lifestyle. “Walking for Well-Being” is designed to make it easy to plan walking routes that are less demanding than ones its users may have been used to in the past. Drawing on co-design workshops with older people, it is an innovation developed and tested in a University of York-led programme which aimed to produce practical, low-cost mobility aids. The app highlights things to be avoided, like steep slopes, uneven pavements and busy roads, and things worth seeking out like green spaces. According to Age UK figures, 9% of older people feel trapped in their own homes while 6% leave their house once a week or less. The app is currently a research prototype, but it is hoped to be publicly available by the end of 2017.