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Neighborhood resources associated with active travel in older adults – a cohort study in six European countries

Neighborhood resources associated with active travel in older adults – a cohort study in six European countries
Neighborhood resources associated with active travel in older adults – a cohort study in six European countries
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.
Active transport, Built environment, Mobility
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Portegijs, Erja, Timmermans, Erik J., Castell, Maria Victoria, Dennison, Elaine, Herbolsheimer, Florian, Limongi, Federica, van der Pas, Suzan, Schaap, Laura A., van Schoor, Natasja M. and Deeg, Dorly 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. (doi:10.1123/japa.2019-0267).

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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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 March 2020
Published date: December 2020
Keywords: Active transport, Built environment, Mobility

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Local EPrints ID: 442578
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/442578
ISSN: 1063-8652
PURE UUID: 91342caf-481e-4464-a867-6e430e484a1e
ORCID for Elaine Dennison: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3048-4961

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Last modified: 23 Nov 2022 02:34

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Author: Erja Portegijs
Author: Erik J. Timmermans
Author: Maria Victoria Castell
Author: Elaine Dennison ORCID iD
Author: Florian Herbolsheimer
Author: Federica Limongi
Author: Suzan van der Pas
Author: Laura A. Schaap
Author: Natasja M. van Schoor
Author: Dorly J.H. Deeg

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