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Lower Physical Performance in Colder Seasons and Colder Houses : Evidence from a Field Study on Older People Living in the Community

Hayashi, Yukie LU ; Schmidt, Steven M LU ; Malmgren Fänge, Agneta LU ; Hoshi, Tanji and Ikaga, Toshiharu (2017) In International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14(6).
Abstract

The aim of this paper was to explore the effect of seasonal temperature differences and cold indoor environment in winter on the physical performance of older people living in the community based on a field study. We recruited 162 home-dwelling older people from a rehabilitation facility in the Osaka prefecture, Japan; physical performance data were available from 98/162 (60.5%). At the same time, for some participants, a questionnaire survey and a measurement of the indoor temperature of individual houses were conducted. The analysis showed that there were seasonal trends in the physical performance of older people and that physical performance was worse in the winter compared with the autumn. Furthermore, people living in colder... (More)

The aim of this paper was to explore the effect of seasonal temperature differences and cold indoor environment in winter on the physical performance of older people living in the community based on a field study. We recruited 162 home-dwelling older people from a rehabilitation facility in the Osaka prefecture, Japan; physical performance data were available from 98/162 (60.5%). At the same time, for some participants, a questionnaire survey and a measurement of the indoor temperature of individual houses were conducted. The analysis showed that there were seasonal trends in the physical performance of older people and that physical performance was worse in the winter compared with the autumn. Furthermore, people living in colder houses had worse physical performance. The findings indicate that keeping the house warm in the winter can help to maintain physical performance.

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  series       = {International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health},
  title        = {Lower Physical Performance in Colder Seasons and Colder Houses : Evidence from a Field Study on Older People Living in the Community},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14060651},
  volume       = {14},
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