A five-year follow-up among older people after an outdoor environment intervention

Ståhl, Agneta, Horstmann, Vibeke and Iwarsson, Susanne (2013) A five-year follow-up among older people after an outdoor environment intervention. Transport Policy, 27 134-141. doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2012.11.015


Author Ståhl, Agneta
Horstmann, Vibeke
Iwarsson, Susanne
Title A five-year follow-up among older people after an outdoor environment intervention
Journal name Transport Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0967-070X
1879-310X
Publication date 2013-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tranpol.2012.11.015
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 27
Start page 134
End page 141
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Abstract This study investigates older inhabitants’ appreciation of environmental measures taken in their residential area and the effect on perceived difficulty as pedestrians and in outdoor activity. The study is based on data collected with a mailed questionnaire at baseline and at a 5-year follow-up (after intervention) posted to 195 people aged 65+ in a residential area in a medium-sized Swedish town, rather typical for Northern Europe. Appreciation of the environment was analysed overall and in sub-groups. Overall appreciation was higher for women, in particular as regards longer green time at signalised crossings, and for those reporting better perceived health, in particular concerning separation between bicyclists and pedestrians. As concerns changes in perceived difficulty as pedestrians and in outdoor activity, no differences were found, either overall or in sub-groups. However, the study identifies which environmental measures older people appreciate, indicating that certain sub-groups may benefit more from interventions in the outdoor environment.
Keyword Neighborhood
Walkability
Retirement
Usability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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