Using GPS and accelerometry to explore the use of green space for physical activity of older adults
ISPAH ePoster Library. Hunter R. 10/15/18; 225183; 98
Dr. Ruth Hunter
Dr. Ruth Hunter
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Healthy urban ageing is a global issue with the need for cities to align with the ‘New Urban Agenda’ to ensure ‘age- and gender-responsive planning and investment for sustainable, safe and accessible urban mobility’ and ‘resource-efficient transport systems, linking people, places, goods, services and economic opportunities’. However, we know little about if and how older adults access and utilise green space for physical activity. Methods:<\b>
254 older adults (aged 60 years and over) in Northern Ireland wore an accelerometer (Actigraph GT3X) and GPS device for 7 days, and completed a surveydetailing their use and perceptions of local parks and green space. Results:<\b>
Results showed that 75% of participants had a park within a 1km distance from their home. However, preliminary analyses suggest that older adults make limited use of the parks and green space in their local area to be physically active. The presentation will explore the demographic characteristics of those regularly using green space to be active, accessibility and the types of green space being used for physical activity. Conclusion:<\b>
Interventions are required to encourage older adults to make better use of local parks and green space for being physically active. This may include improving access and/or quality of green space, and developing programmes to encourage older adults to utilise their local green space. External funding details Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Newton Fund
Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Healthy urban ageing is a global issue with the need for cities to align with the ‘New Urban Agenda’ to ensure ‘age- and gender-responsive planning and investment for sustainable, safe and accessible urban mobility’ and ‘resource-efficient transport systems, linking people, places, goods, services and economic opportunities’. However, we know little about if and how older adults access and utilise green space for physical activity. Methods:<\b>
254 older adults (aged 60 years and over) in Northern Ireland wore an accelerometer (Actigraph GT3X) and GPS device for 7 days, and completed a surveydetailing their use and perceptions of local parks and green space. Results:<\b>
Results showed that 75% of participants had a park within a 1km distance from their home. However, preliminary analyses suggest that older adults make limited use of the parks and green space in their local area to be physically active. The presentation will explore the demographic characteristics of those regularly using green space to be active, accessibility and the types of green space being used for physical activity. Conclusion:<\b>
Interventions are required to encourage older adults to make better use of local parks and green space for being physically active. This may include improving access and/or quality of green space, and developing programmes to encourage older adults to utilise their local green space. External funding details Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Newton Fund
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