Examining correlates of self-reported and objectively measured physical activity among retirement village residents

Nathan, Andrea, Wood, Lisa, & Giles-Corti, Billie (2014) Examining correlates of self-reported and objectively measured physical activity among retirement village residents. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33(4), pp. 250-256.

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Aim Physical activity (PA) patterns of retirement village residents were investigated using self-report and objective measures. Methods Residents (n = 323) from retirement villages in Perth, Australia, were surveyed on PA behaviour and various demographic, residency, health-related and mobility factors. Most participants wore accelerometers for 7 days. Retirement village managers (n = 32) were surveyed on village descriptive characteristics, including the provision of amenities and facilities. Logistic regression models examined village and resident characteristics associated with PA. Results Based on objective measurement, only 27.1% of participants were sufficiently active (n = 288). Walking was one of the most popular PA modes. Few village characteristics were associated with PA; however, villages located in more walkable neighbourhoods increased participants’ odds of transport walking. Travelling outside the village daily also increased PA odds. Conclusions Most residents were insufficiently active to gain health benefits. Considering individual and environmental factors, within the retirement village and neighbourhood settings, and associations with PA, warrants attention.

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ID Code: 67187
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013
Keywords: built environment, housing for older people, neighbourhood, physical activity, walking
DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12055
ISSN: 1741-6612
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 2014 ACOTA
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Deposited On: 12 Feb 2014 01:54
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2015 08:49

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