Associations between environmental characteristics and life-space mobility in community-dwelling older people

Rantakokko, Merja, Iwarsson, Susanne, Portegijs, Erja, Viljanen, Anne and Rantanen, Taina (2014) Associations between environmental characteristics and life-space mobility in community-dwelling older people. Journal of Aging and Health, 1-16. doi:10.1177/0898264314555328


Author Rantakokko, Merja
Iwarsson, Susanne
Portegijs, Erja
Viljanen, Anne
Rantanen, Taina
Title Associations between environmental characteristics and life-space mobility in community-dwelling older people
Journal name Journal of Aging and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0898-2643
1552-6887
Publication date 2014-10-16
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0898264314555328
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To examine the association between perceived environmental barriers to and facilitators for outdoor mobility with life-space among older people. Methods: Community-dwelling, 75- to 90-year-old people (n = 848) were interviewed face-to-face using standard questionnaires. The Life-Space Assessment (LSA), indicating distance and frequency of moving and assistance needed in moving (range 0-120), was used. Environmental barriers and facilitators outdoors were self-reported. Results: Altogether, 41% (n = 348) of the participants had restricted life-space (LSA score < 60). Those reporting one or more environmental barriers had more than double the odds for restricted life-space compared with those reporting no barriers after adjustments for ill health, functioning, and socioeconomic status (SES) differences. Similarly, those reporting four to seven facilitators had lower odds for restricted life-space compared with those reporting three or fewer facilitators. Discussion: Perceptions of one’s environment may either constrain or extend older people’s life-space. Longitudinal studies are needed to study the causality of the findings.
Keyword Mobility
Environment
Aging
Life-space
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online 16 October 2014

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