Measuring the influence of built neighborhood environments on walking in older adults

Yvonne Michael, Tracey Beard, Dongseok Choi, Stephanie Farquhar, Nichole Carlson

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Abstract

There is a need for greater understanding of how perceptions and objective measures of the physical environment influence physical activity among seniors. The goal of this study was to examine the degree of association between perceived and objective characteristics of the neighborhood environment and the relation of each type of measurement to neighborhood walking in older adults. Data on self-reported frequency of walking in the neighborhood and perceived measures of neighborhood environment from 105 older adults were linked to objective measures assessed by geographic information systems and an audit instrument. Perceived and objective measurements of the built environment exhibited a low degree of agreement (kappas:

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-312
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volume14
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006

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Keywords

  • Environment design
  • Measurement
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Measuring the influence of built neighborhood environments on walking in older adults. / Michael, Yvonne; Beard, Tracey; Choi, Dongseok; Farquhar, Stephanie; Carlson, Nichole.

In: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2006, p. 302-312.

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Michael, Yvonne ; Beard, Tracey ; Choi, Dongseok ; Farquhar, Stephanie ; Carlson, Nichole. / Measuring the influence of built neighborhood environments on walking in older adults. In: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2006 ; Vol. 14, No. 3. pp. 302-312.
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