The Association Between Transportation and Life-Space Mobility in Community-Dwelling Older People With or Without Walking Difficulties
Viljanen, A., Mikkola, T., Rantakokko, M., Portegijs, E., & Rantanen, T. (2016). The Association Between Transportation and Life-Space Mobility in Community-Dwelling Older People With or Without Walking Difficulties. Journal of Aging and Health, 28 (6), 1038-1054. doi:10.1177/0898264315618919
Published inJournal of Aging and Health
DisciplineGerontologia ja kansanterveys
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Objective: The aim of this study is to examine whether a persons’ most frequently used mode of transportation is associated with life-space mobility and whether the association differs between persons with or without walking difficulties. Method: Life-space mobility was measured with the Life-Space Assessment in 848 community-dwelling men and women aged 75 to 90 years. Six separate mobility groups were formed according to the most frequently used mode of transportation (car driver, car passenger, public transportation) combined with the presence or absence of difficulties walking 2 km. Results: Car drivers without walking difficulties had the highest life-space mobility scores, and car passengers with walking difficulties had the lowest scores. Mode of transportation influenced the odds for restricted life space differently depending on whether or not the person had walking difficulties. Discussion: To support community mobility among older persons, it would be important to improve different transportation options to meet older persons’ individual wishes, needs, and resources. ...
PublisherSage Publications, Inc.
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