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Neighborhood Mobility and Unmet Physical Activity Need in Old Age : A 2-Year Follow-Up (2020)

Palmberg, L., Portegijs, E., Rantanen, T., Aartolahti, E., Viljanen, A., Hirvensalo, M., & Rantakokko, M. (2020). Neighborhood Mobility and Unmet Physical Activity Need in Old Age : A 2-Year Follow-Up. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 28(3), 442-447. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0047

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All authors or editors: Palmberg, Lotta; Portegijs, Erja; Rantanen, Taina; Aartolahti, Eeva; Viljanen, Anne; Hirvensalo, Mirja; Rantakokko, Merja

Journal or series: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity

ISSN: 1063-8652

eISSN: 1543-267X

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 28

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 442-447

Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0047

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67457


Background: Many older people report a willingness to increase outdoor physical activity (PA), but no opportunities for it, a situation termed as unmet PA need. The authors studied whether lower neighborhood mobility and PA precede the development of unmet PA need.

Methods: Community-dwelling 75- to 90-year-old people (n = 700) were interviewed annually for 2 years. Unmet PA need, neighborhood mobility, and PA were self-reported. In addition, accelerometer-based step counts were assessed among a subgroup (n = 156).

Results: Logistic regression analyses revealed that lower baseline neighborhood mobility (odds ratio 3.02, 95% confidence interval [1.86, 4.90] vs. daily) and PA (odds ratio 4.37, 95% confidence interval [2.62, 7.29] vs. high) were associated with the development of unmet PA need over 2 years. The participants with higher step counts had a lower risk for unmet PA need (odds ratio 0.68, 95% confidence interval, [0.54, 0.87]).

Conclusion: Maintaining higher PA levels and finding solutions for daily outdoor mobility, especially for those with declines in health, may protect from the development of unmet PA need.

Keywords: ageing; senior citizens; physical activeness; physical training; outdoor sports; physical functioning; functional capacity; residential environment

Free keywords: aging; outdoor mobility; physical function

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Reporting Year: 2020

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