Mobility Among Elders (08-19-20)

Portegijs and colleagues studied how neighborhood features influence the (self-reported) physical activity/mobility of older (79-94 year old) residents of a Finnish community. They asked study participants to indicate “destinations perceived to facilitate and barriers perceived to hinder outdoor mobility in their neighborhood. . . . analyses adjusted for age, sex, and physical performance showed that neighborhood destinations increased the odds for higher physical activity when located beyond 500 m from home . . . but not when located solely within 500 m . . . in comparison with when reporting no destinations. In contrast, neighborhood barriers decreased the odds for higher physical activity when solely located within 500 m . . . but not when any barrier was located beyond 500 m . . . compared with when reporting no barriers. . . . Neighborhood barriers to outdoor mobility located close to home were associated with lower physical activity of older adults, whereas barriers further away were not. Attractive destinations for outdoor mobility located further away from home correlated with higher physical activity.”

Erja Portegijs, Kirsi Keskinen, Johanna Eronen, Milla Saajanaho, Merja Rantakokko, and Taina Rantanen.  2020. “Older Adults’ Physical Activity and the Relevance of Distances to Neighborhood Destinations and Barriers to Outdoor Mobility.”  Frontiers in Public Health, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.00335