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Very old people’s use of the pedestrian environment: functional limitations, frequency of activity and environmental demands

Hovbrandt, Pia LU ; Ståhl, Agneta LU ; Iwarsson, Susanne LU ; Horstmann, Vibeke LU and Carlsson, Gunilla LU (2007) In European Journal of Ageing 4(4). p.201-211
Abstract
Due to decreased functional capacity as well as high environmental demands there is a risk of diminishing activity outside home in very old age (age 80+). In order to explore differences according to functional limitations (FL) among very old people with respect to frequency of activity, perceived health, overall perception of neighbourhood environment, and perceived problems in the pedestrian environment, data derived from a postal questionnaire survey to very old people living in an urban area in Sweden were used. This explorative study is based on the sub-sample of people aged 80+ who reported outdoor activities (n = 97). Four groups of respondents with different types of FL were identified: with no FL (n = 23), with only... (More)
Due to decreased functional capacity as well as high environmental demands there is a risk of diminishing activity outside home in very old age (age 80+). In order to explore differences according to functional limitations (FL) among very old people with respect to frequency of activity, perceived health, overall perception of neighbourhood environment, and perceived problems in the pedestrian environment, data derived from a postal questionnaire survey to very old people living in an urban area in Sweden were used. This explorative study is based on the sub-sample of people aged 80+ who reported outdoor activities (n = 97). Four groups of respondents with different types of FL were identified: with no FL (n = 23), with only movement-related FL (n = 26), with only perception/cognition-related FL (n = 16), and with both movement- and perception/ cognition-related FL (n = 32). The majority of the respondents reported rather high frequency of activity outside home. When examining differences between the four groups, the analysis indicated how the complexity of FL and perceived problems in the pedestrian environment impacted on their activity performance. Persons with both movement- and perception/cognition-related FL were less satisfied with their frequency of activity, experienced their health more negatively and experienced more problems in the pedestrian environment than in the other groups. The findings from this study indicate the importance of considering combinations of FL in creating supportive environments for activity and health. (Less)
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  author       = {Hovbrandt, Pia and Ståhl, Agneta and Iwarsson, Susanne and Horstmann, Vibeke and Carlsson, Gunilla},
  issn         = {1613-9380},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {201--211},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {European Journal of Ageing},
  title        = {Very old people’s use of the pedestrian environment: functional limitations, frequency of activity and environmental demands},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10433-007-0064-2},
  volume       = {4},
  year         = {2007},
}