Socioeconomic Status and Life-Space Mobility in Old Age
Eronen, J., von Bonsdorff, M., Rantakokko, M., Portegijs, E., Viljanen, A., & Rantanen, T. (2016). Socioeconomic Status and Life-Space Mobility in Old Age. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 24 (4), 617-623. doi:10.1123/japa.2015-0196
Published inJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
DisciplineGerontologia ja kansanterveys
© 2016 Human Kinetics, Inc. This is a final draft version of an article whose final and definitive form has been published by Human Kinetics. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.
Life-space mobility describes the extent of community mobility of older persons. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine the relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and life-space mobility and to investigate whether associations might be explained by SES-related disparities in health and functioning. The participants (n = 848) were community-dwelling adults aged 75–90. Education and occupation were used to indicate SES. Life-space assessment (range 0–120) was used to indicate distance and frequency of moving and assistance needed in moving. People with low education had lower life-space mobility scores than those with intermediate or high education: marginal means 63.5, 64.8, and 70.0 (p = .003), respectively. SES-related health disparities, i.e., higher body mass index, poorer cognitive capacity, and poorer physical performance explained the association, rendering it nonsignificant (marginal means 65.2, 65.3, and 67.5, p = .390). Low SES and restricted life-space mobility often coexist with overweight, reduced cognition, and poorer physical performance. ...
PublisherHuman Kinetics; International Coalition for Aging and Physical Activity
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