Neighborhood Resources Associated With Active Travel in Older Adults : A Cohort Study in Six European Countries
Portegijs, E., Timmermans, E. J., Castell, M. V., Dennison, E. M., Herbolsheimer, F., Limongi, F., van der Pas, S., Schaap, L. A., van Schoor, N., & Deeg, D. J. H. (2020). Neighborhood Resources Associated With Active Travel in Older Adults : A Cohort Study in Six European Countries. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 28(6), 920-933. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0267
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Objectives: To study associations between perceived neighborhood resources and time spent by older adults in active travel. Methods: Respondents in six European countries, aged 65–85 years, reported on the perceived presence of neighborhood resources (parks, places to sit, public transportation, and facilities) with response options “a lot,” “some,” and “not at all.” Daily active travel time (total minutes of transport-related walking and cycling) was self-reported at the baseline (n = 2,695) and 12–18 months later (n = 2,189). Results: Reporting a lot of any of the separate resources (range B’s = 0.19–0.29) and some or a lot for all four resources (B = 0.22, 95% confidence interval [0.09, 0.35]) was associated with longer active travel time than reporting none or fewer resources. Associations remained over the follow-up, but the changes in travel time were similar, regardless of the neighborhood resources. Discussion: Perceiving multiple neighborhood resources may support older adults’ active travel. Potential interventions, for example, the provision of new resources or increasing awareness of existing resources, require further study. ...
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Additional information about fundingThe Indicators for Monitoring COPD and Asthma–Activity and Function in the Elderly in Ulm study (IMCA–ActiFE) was supported by the European Union [No. 2005121] and the Ministry of Science, Baden-Württemberg. The Italian cohort study is part of the National Research Council Project on Aging (PNR). The Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam is financially supported by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, Directorate of Long-term Care. The Penagrande study was partially supported by the National Fund for Health Research (Fondo de Investigaciones en Salud) of Spain (project numbers FIS PI 05/1898; FIS RETICEF RD06/0013/1013 and FIS PS09/02143). The Swedish Twin Registry is supported in part by the Swedish Ministry of Higher Education. The Hertfordshire Cohort Study is funded by the Medical Research Council of Great Britain, Arthritis Research United Kingdom, the British Heart Foundation, and the International Osteoporosis Foundation. E. Portegijs was financially supported by a travel grant of the University of Jyväskylä. F. Herbolsheimer was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation; No. 398948032). ...
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