The association between the home environment and physical activity in community-dwelling older adults

Benzinger, P., Iwarsson, S., Kroog, A., Beische, D., Lindemann, U., Klenk, J. and Becker, C. (2014) The association between the home environment and physical activity in community-dwelling older adults. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 26 4: 377-385. doi:10.1007/s40520-014-0196-0


Author Benzinger, P.
Iwarsson, S.
Kroog, A.
Beische, D.
Lindemann, U.
Klenk, J.
Becker, C.
Title The association between the home environment and physical activity in community-dwelling older adults
Journal name Aging Clinical and Experimental Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1594-0667
1720-8319
Publication date 2014-08-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s40520-014-0196-0
Volume 26
Issue 4
Start page 377
End page 385
Total pages 9
Place of publication Milan, Italy
Publisher Editrice Kurtis s.r.l.
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Abstract:  Physical activity (PA) decreases with increasing age despite the fact that PA exerts beneficial effects on many age-related diseases and conditions. Consequently, there is an interest in modifiable factors that may influence PA among older persons. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between PA and the home environment in well-functioning older community-dwelling persons.

Method: T
his study used a person–environment (P–E) fit perspective to the home environment, operationalized by means of assessment of functional limitations in 81 community-dwelling persons (median age 79 years) as well as environmental barriers in their home environments and the nearby exterior surroundings. The interaction between functional limitations and environmental barriers generated a score expressing the magnitude of P–E fit problems in their home environment. PA was rated with a questionnaire covering household-related and recreational activities.

Results: We found a significant association between PA and the magnitude of P–E fit problems that explained 3.9 % of the variance of PA. The number of environmental barriers per se was not significantly associated with PA, while functional limitations explained 6.8 % of the variance of PA.

Conclusion: In well-functioning older persons living in the community environmental aspects of housing demonstrated a weak association with PA. 
Keyword Environmental barriers
Housing
Person– environment fit
Older persons
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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