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Perceived barriers in the outdoor environment and development of walking difficulties in older people

Rantakokko, Merja; Iwarsson, Susanne LU ; Mänty, Minna; Leinonen, Raija and Rantanen, Tania (2012) In Age and Ageing 41(1). p.118-121
Abstract
SIR—Older people with mobility limitations often report

more barriers in their outdoor environment than people

with intact mobility [1]. However, it is uncertain whether

older people perceive their environment as problematic

because of their mobility limitations or whether the environmental

barriers precede incident mobility limitation, as

most studies have been limited to cross-sectional analyses

[2–5]. Only a few longitudinal studies have shown that barriers

in the outdoor environment, such as poor street conditions,

poor lighting and heavy traffic, increase the risk for

overall functional loss [6, 7] and decrease physical activity

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SIR—Older people with mobility limitations often report

more barriers in their outdoor environment than people

with intact mobility [1]. However, it is uncertain whether

older people perceive their environment as problematic

because of their mobility limitations or whether the environmental

barriers precede incident mobility limitation, as

most studies have been limited to cross-sectional analyses

[2–5]. Only a few longitudinal studies have shown that barriers

in the outdoor environment, such as poor street conditions,

poor lighting and heavy traffic, increase the risk for

overall functional loss [6, 7] and decrease physical activity

participation [8]. More knowledge is needed about the characteristics

of outdoor environments that threaten the mobility

of older people [9].

The aim of the study reported in this letter was to

explore whether perceived barriers in the outdoor environment

predict development of difficulties in advanced and

basic mobility among community-dwelling people who did

not have walking difficulties at baseline. (Less)
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  abstract     = {SIR—Older people with mobility limitations often report<br/><br>
more barriers in their outdoor environment than people<br/><br>
with intact mobility [1]. However, it is uncertain whether<br/><br>
older people perceive their environment as problematic<br/><br>
because of their mobility limitations or whether the environmental<br/><br>
barriers precede incident mobility limitation, as<br/><br>
most studies have been limited to cross-sectional analyses<br/><br>
[2–5]. Only a few longitudinal studies have shown that barriers<br/><br>
in the outdoor environment, such as poor street conditions,<br/><br>
poor lighting and heavy traffic, increase the risk for<br/><br>
overall functional loss [6, 7] and decrease physical activity<br/><br>
participation [8]. More knowledge is needed about the characteristics<br/><br>
of outdoor environments that threaten the mobility<br/><br>
of older people [9].<br/><br>
The aim of the study reported in this letter was to<br/><br>
explore whether perceived barriers in the outdoor environment<br/><br>
predict development of difficulties in advanced and<br/><br>
basic mobility among community-dwelling people who did<br/><br>
not have walking difficulties at baseline.},
  author       = {Rantakokko, Merja and Iwarsson, Susanne and Mänty, Minna and Leinonen, Raija and Rantanen, Tania},
  issn         = {1468-2834},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {118--121},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  series       = {Age and Ageing},
  title        = {Perceived barriers in the outdoor environment and development of walking difficulties in older people},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afr136},
  volume       = {41},
  year         = {2012},
}