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Perception of parks and trails as mobility facilitators and transportation walking in older adults: a study using digital geographical maps
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4499935
Author(s) Hinrichs, Timo; Keskinen, Kirsi E.; Pavelka, Béla; Eronen, Johanna; Schmidt-Trucksäss, Arno; Rantanen, Taina; Portegijs, Erja
Author(s) at UniBasel Hinrichs, Timo
Year 2019
Title Perception of parks and trails as mobility facilitators and transportation walking in older adults: a study using digital geographical maps
Journal Aging clinical and experimental research
Volume 31
Number 5
Pages / Article-Number 673-683
Mesh terms Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Built Environment; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Odds Ratio; Perception; Residence Characteristics; Walking, psychology
Abstract Transportation walking represents a promising target for physical activity promotion in older adults. Perceived characteristics of the neighbourhood physical environment may affect older adults' choice of transportation mode for a routine activity such as walking to the grocery store.; To (1) evaluate associations between older adults' perception of parks and trails as outdoor mobility facilitators and transportation walking, specifically to the grocery store; and (2) explore whether the spatial relationship between people's home, perceived facilitator and store was relevant for their transportation choice.; Cross-sectional data were collected in a subsample of the 'Life-space mobility in old age' cohort. Multivariable logistic regression analysis on the binary outcome 'transportation walking' (vs. 'motorized transportation') was used to evaluate the association with perceived mobility facilitators in the neighborhood; in step (1) without and in step (2) with taking spatial relationships into account.; Perceiving a park as facilitator increased the odds of walking (N = 179; Odds Ratio 9.89; 95% Confidence interval 3.11-31.50). Spatial relationships did not affect transportation choice. Reporting a trail as facilitator was not significantly associated with walking.; Our findings suggest that the perception of environmental characteristics in the neighbourhood has an influence on older people's transportation choices. Taking environmental measures or informing older adults on their options in the neighbourhood might be possible ways to increase older adults' transportation walking on a population level.
Publisher Springer
ISSN/ISBN 1594-0667 ; 1720-8319
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1007/s40520-018-01115-0
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000466418700010
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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