The association between perceived environmental barriers and walking activity among older adults

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dc.contributor.author Kälkäinen, Salla
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-17T17:57:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-17T17:57:28Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/37100
dc.identifier.uri http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011121711815 en
dc.description.abstract With increasing age, people become less physically active, partly due to increased vulnerability to environmental demands. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between perceived barriers in the outdoor environment and walking activity among older adults. These analyses form part of the Screening and Counseling for Physical Activity and Mobility project (SCAMOB). The study design was cross-sectional. The participants were 75-81-year-old, able to walk independently outdoors, not highly physically active and were living in the center of Jyväskylä (N=632, 159 men, 473 women). Walking activity and environmental barriers were assessed with self-reports. An indicator of environmental press was created by calculating the number of barriers. Data were analyzed with chi-square and t-tests and logistic regression analysis. Majority reported having no barriers, women reporting more barriers than men. Among men (OR 3.04, 95% CI 1.09-8.48) not walking outdoors at all was more common among those who reported two or more environmental barriers. Adjustment for self-rated health attenuated the association. In women, a parallel but non-significant association was found. Perceived environmental barriers correlate with limited walking activity among urban community-living ambulatory older adults. Future studies should investigate underlying reasons for gender difference.
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject.other older people
dc.subject.other physical activity
dc.subject.other walking
dc.subject.other outdoor environment
dc.title The association between perceived environmental barriers and walking activity among older adults
dc.type Book en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011121711815
dc.subject.ysa vanhukset
dc.subject.ysa fyysinen aktiivisuus
dc.subject.ysa kävely
dc.type.dcmitype Text en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu fi
dc.type.ontasot Master’s thesis en
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Liikuntatieteellinen tiedekunta fi
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences en
dc.contributor.laitos Terveystieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Health Sciences en
dc.contributor.yliopisto University of Jyväskylä en
dc.contributor.yliopisto Jyväskylän yliopisto en
dc.contributor.oppiaine Gerontology and Public Health en
dc.contributor.oppiaine gerontologia ja kansanterveys fi
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