Perceived environmental facilitators for outdoor mobility and physical activity among older people living in different types of neighborhoods
ISPAH ePoster Library. Keskinen K. 10/15/18; 225059; 288
Mrs. Kirsi Keskinen
Mrs. Kirsi Keskinen
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Abstract Aims: To study associations between nature perceived as a facilitator for outdoor mobility and physical activity (PA) among community-dwelling older people living in neighborhoods with higher or lower variety of services. Methods:<\b>
Cross-sectional analysis among 75-90-year-old people are presented (n=848, 62% women). Nature perceived as a facilitator for outdoor mobility (yes/no) and PA (at least moderate PA vs. only light PA) were self-reported. Neighborhood type was categorized according to objectively defined variety of services (high/medium/low) within a 500m radius around participants’ home using Geographical Information System. Binary logistic regression models were adjusted for age, gender, difficulty in walking 500m, chronic conditions, education, and years in current address. Results:<\b>
Reporting nature as a facilitator was associated with higher odds for at least moderate PA (OR=1.61,CI 1.10-2.34). Among people living in areas with high and low variety of services, perceiving nature as a facilitator for outdoor mobility increased the odds for at least moderate PA (in high OR=2.67,CI 1.41-5.06; in low OR=1.74,CI 1.03-2.95), while for those living in areas with medium variety of services no association was observed (p≥0.401). Higher variety of services in itself was not associated with physical activity (p≥0.271). Conclusions: Nature may motivate older people to be physically active especially in neighborhoods with high and low variety of services. Future study is needed to determine whether similar associations are also found when studying objective environmental features. External funding details Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture; Academy of Finland (grant nr.255403); and Foundation for Municipal Development.
Abstract Aims: To study associations between nature perceived as a facilitator for outdoor mobility and physical activity (PA) among community-dwelling older people living in neighborhoods with higher or lower variety of services. Methods:<\b>
Cross-sectional analysis among 75-90-year-old people are presented (n=848, 62% women). Nature perceived as a facilitator for outdoor mobility (yes/no) and PA (at least moderate PA vs. only light PA) were self-reported. Neighborhood type was categorized according to objectively defined variety of services (high/medium/low) within a 500m radius around participants’ home using Geographical Information System. Binary logistic regression models were adjusted for age, gender, difficulty in walking 500m, chronic conditions, education, and years in current address. Results:<\b>
Reporting nature as a facilitator was associated with higher odds for at least moderate PA (OR=1.61,CI 1.10-2.34). Among people living in areas with high and low variety of services, perceiving nature as a facilitator for outdoor mobility increased the odds for at least moderate PA (in high OR=2.67,CI 1.41-5.06; in low OR=1.74,CI 1.03-2.95), while for those living in areas with medium variety of services no association was observed (p≥0.401). Higher variety of services in itself was not associated with physical activity (p≥0.271). Conclusions: Nature may motivate older people to be physically active especially in neighborhoods with high and low variety of services. Future study is needed to determine whether similar associations are also found when studying objective environmental features. External funding details Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture; Academy of Finland (grant nr.255403); and Foundation for Municipal Development.
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