A1 Journal article (refereed)
Environmental Features Associated With Older Adults’ Physical Activity in Different Types of Urban Neighborhoods (2020)

Keskinen, K. E., Rantakokko, M., Suomi, K., Rantanen, T., & Portegijs, E. (2020). Environmental Features Associated With Older Adults’ Physical Activity in Different Types of Urban Neighborhoods. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 28(4), 540-548. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0251

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All authors or editorsKeskinen, Kirsi E.; Rantakokko, Merja; Suomi, Kimmo; Rantanen, Taina; Portegijs, Erja

Journal or seriesJournal of Aging and Physical Activity



Publication year2020


Issue number4

Pages range540-548

PublisherHuman Kinetics, Inc.

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67648


The authors studied associations of nature- and infrastructure-based features with physical activity (PA) in different urban neighborhood types; 848 community-dwelling people aged 75–90 years reported PA and three perceived nature-based destinations and seven infrastructure-based features as outdoor mobility facilitators. Neighborhood type was defined using a geographic information system based on proximity to central service areas and residential density (city center, subcenter, and dense and dispersed areas outside centers). PA was higher in dense areas and the city center. Binary logistic regression showed that perceiving nature-based destinations increased the odds for higher PA in the city center and areas outside centers. In dispersed areas, perceived infrastructure-based facilitators were especially associated with higher PA. Environmental features were not associated with PA in subcenters. Higher residential density, as a proxy for a higher amount of infrastructure, rather than center proximity, may underlie older adults’ PA. The spatial context should be acknowledged in studies on environment–PA associations.

Keywordsageinggeographic information systemsinfrastructuresoutdoor exercise in natureoutdoor sports

Free keywordsaging; GIS; infrastructure; nature; outdoor mobility

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Reporting Year2020

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