Living Healthy, Active Lives

Recruitment for Research Study on Healthy Aging / Healthy Living with a Physical Disability


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 Are you healthy and active?

 Do you live in the City of Flint or Metro Detroit?

 Do you require a walker, scooter, or wheelchair?


We need you to share your expertise to help others succeed!

The University of Michigan is looking for expert advice about how to live a healthy and active life with a long-term physical disability.


Woman smiling in wheelchair

What is the purpose?

  • to amplify the voices of adults with long-term physical disabilities
  • to bring about change, both in their lives and in society

Who can participate?

You may be able to participate if you:

  • live in the city of Flint or Metro Detroit;
  • have had a physical disability for at least five years, which affects your mobility;
  • require wheelchair, scooter, or walker to move within and outside of the home;
  • are 18 years or older and can speak and read English; and
  • are willing to have the conversation recorded and transcribed to allow researchers to analyze it.

What is involved?

Participants will participate in a 2-hour remote interview by phone or videoconference. These interviews will be recorded and transcribed so that our researchers can analyze the data.

Your name and what you say will remain confidential.

Participants will receive compensation for their time.

Want to learn more?

To see if you are eligible, call our research office (734) 615-6720 or email and mention you are interested in the healthy aging study. Be sure to include your phone number.

Topics the interview will discuss include: 

  • Role of family, friends, community, and programs (for example, churches, mosques, transportation services) in maintaining a healthy, active life
  • Types of support related to healthcare access and quality
  • Role of the built (physical) environment in supporting health and ability to be active
  • How knowledge and attitudes of others impacts ability to stay healthy and active
  • Local and national policies that support one’s health and ability to be active
  • Impact of other forms of discrimination, as related to race, gender, age, economic level, etc.


For more information on this project, please visit our project page.


This project has been approved by the University of Michigan Institutional Review Board (HUM00152705).