Environmental Features Associated With Older Adults’ Physical Activity in Different Types of Urban Neighborhoods
Keskinen, K. E., Rantakokko, M., Suomi, K., Rantanen, T., & Portegijs, E. (2020). Environmental Features Associated With Older Adults’ Physical Activity in Different Types of Urban Neighborhoods. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 28(4), 540-548. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0251
Published inJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
DisciplineGerontologia ja kansanterveysLiikunnan yhteiskuntatieteetGerontology and Public HealthSocial Sciences of Sports
© 2019 Human Kinetics, Inc.
The authors studied associations of nature- and infrastructure-based features with physical activity (PA) in different urban neighborhood types; 848 community-dwelling people aged 75–90 years reported PA and three perceived nature-based destinations and seven infrastructure-based features as outdoor mobility facilitators. Neighborhood type was defined using a geographic information system based on proximity to central service areas and residential density (city center, subcenter, and dense and dispersed areas outside centers). PA was higher in dense areas and the city center. Binary logistic regression showed that perceiving nature-based destinations increased the odds for higher PA in the city center and areas outside centers. In dispersed areas, perceived infrastructure-based facilitators were especially associated with higher PA. Environmental features were not associated with PA in subcenters. Higher residential density, as a proxy for a higher amount of infrastructure, rather than center proximity, may underlie older adults’ PA. The spatial context should be acknowledged in studies on environment–PA associations. ...
PublisherHuman Kinetics, Inc.
Dataset(s) related to the publicationhttps://doi.org/10.17011/jyx/dataset/77740
Portegijs, Erja; Keskinen, Kirsi (2021). Geographic characteristics, outdoor mobility and physical activity in old age (GEOage). V. 5.5.2021. https://doi.org/10.17011/jyx/dataset/77740. https://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-202109104844
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Related funder(s)Ministry of Education and Culture
Additional information about fundingThis work was financially supported by grants from the Foundation for Municipal Development and the Finnish Cultural Foundation (K.E. Keskinen), the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture (M. Rantanen, T. Rantanen, and E. Portegijs), the Academy of Finland (grant no. 255403 [T. Rantanen]), and the European Research Council (advanced grant no. 693045 [T. Rantanen]).
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