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Predicting older Australians leisure-time physical activity: Impact of residence, retirement village vs. community, on walking, swimming, dancing and lawn bowls

Miller, Evonne & Buys, Laurie (2007) Predicting older Australians leisure-time physical activity: Impact of residence, retirement village vs. community, on walking, swimming, dancing and lawn bowls. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 31(3), pp. 13-30.

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Abstract

Despite well-publicised health and social benefits of physical activity, like their younger counterparts, the majority of older people tend to lead relatively sedentary lives. This cross-sectional study investigates the impact of residential locality, specifically whether older adults live in their own home in the community (n=374) or in independent living units in retirement villages (n=323), on participation in the leisure-time physical activities (LTPA) of walking, swimming, dancing and lawn bowls. The survey illustrates that, despite being older and in poorer health, retirement village residents report greater frequency of participation in the LTPA of walking, dancing and lawn bowls than older Australians living in the community. As encouraging physical activity is a global public health priority, these findings suggest that a priority for future research is to investigate how and why the social and physical environment of retirement communities might foster LTPA among older adults.

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ID Code: 12352
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: residential location, retirement village, community, leisure, time physical activity, walking
DOI: 10.1300/J016v31n03_02
ISSN: 0192-4788
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Geriatrics and Gerontology (110308)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Haworth Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:35

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