A1 Journal article (refereed)
Neighborhood Resources Associated With Active Travel in Older Adults : A Cohort Study in Six European Countries (2020)

Portegijs, E., Timmermans, E. J., Castell, M. V., Dennison, E. M., Herbolsheimer, F., Limongi, F., van der Pas, S., Schaap, L. A., van Schoor, N., & Deeg, D. J. H. (2020). Neighborhood Resources Associated With Active Travel in Older Adults : A Cohort Study in Six European Countries. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 28(6), 920-933. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0267

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All authors or editors: Portegijs, Erja; Timmermans, Erik J.; Castell, Maria V.; Dennison, Elaine M.; Herbolsheimer, Florian; Limongi, Federica; van der Pas, Suzan; Schaap, Laura A.; van Schoor, Natasja; Deeg, Dorly J. H.

Journal or series: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity

ISSN: 1063-8652

eISSN: 1543-267X

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 28

Issue number: 6

Pages range: 920-933

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0267

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/70966


Objectives: To study associations between perceived neighborhood resources and time spent by older adults in active travel.
Methods: Respondents in six European countries, aged 65–85 years, reported on the perceived presence of neighborhood resources (parks, places to sit, public transportation, and facilities) with response options “a lot,” “some,” and “not at all.” Daily active travel time (total minutes of transport-related walking and cycling) was self-reported at the baseline (n = 2,695) and 12–18 months later (n = 2,189).
Results: Reporting a lot of any of the separate resources (range B’s = 0.19–0.29) and some or a lot for all four resources (B = 0.22, 95% confidence interval [0.09, 0.35]) was associated with longer active travel time than reporting none or fewer resources. Associations remained over the follow-up, but the changes in travel time were similar, regardless of the neighborhood resources.
Discussion: Perceiving multiple neighborhood resources may support older adults’ active travel. Potential interventions, for example, the provision of new resources or increasing awareness of existing resources, require further study.

Keywords: constructed environment; residential environment; home ranges (biology); older people; physical activeness; mobility; activity (properties)

Free keywords: active transport; built environment; mobility

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Reporting Year: 2020

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