Environmental factors associated with active living in retirement village residents : findings from an exploratory qualitative enquiry

Nathan, Andrea, Wood, Lisa, & Giles-Corti, Billie (2013) Environmental factors associated with active living in retirement village residents : findings from an exploratory qualitative enquiry. Research on Aging, 35(4), pp. 459-480.

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This exploratory enquiry employs qualitative methods to advance knowledge and understanding of physical environmental attributes related to active living among residents of Australian retirement villages. Six focus groups (n = 51 residents) were held and participants described how their current, and subsequently ideal, retirement village and neighborhood supported active lifestyles. Thematic analysis revealed three key environmental factors associated with active living: a positive social environment within the village; services and facilities provided in the village and wider neighborhood; and the presence of suitable pedestrian infrastructure. The unique discovery that environmental factors of both the retirement village and the surrounding neighborhood were associated with residents’ active living raises many questions for study. Findings informed the development of a survey instrument, and further understanding in this area has the potential to contribute to the design and siting practices of senior housing complexes within neighborhoods.

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ID Code: 67180
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Older adults, Physical activity, Neighborhood context, Built environment, Focus groups
DOI: 10.1177/0164027512454886
ISSN: 0164-0275
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Human Geography not elsewhere classified (160499)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2014 00:50
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2014 07:23

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