Journal article

Are Neighborhood Environmental Attributes More Important for Older Than for Younger Adults' Walking? Testing Effect Modification by Age

Rachel Cole, Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Alison Carver, Neville Owen, Takemi Sugiyama

Journal of Aging and Physical Activity | HUMAN KINETICS PUBL INC | Published : 2019


Older adults are often considered more vulnerable to environmental factors than are younger adults. We examined whether the associations of objectively measured environmental attributes (Walk Score; street connectivity) with walking for transport differed between younger- (25-44 years), middle- (45-64 years), and older-aged (65-84 years) adults, using a large Australian sample of 14,656 people. Walk Score and street connectivity were similarly associated with walking (any; 30+ min/day) in all age groups. Contrary to commonly held views, the study did not find any evidence suggesting that older adults may be more sensitive to their environment to get out and walk than are younger adults, at l..

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Awarded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

M. J. K. was supported by a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan (no. 17716) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. N. O. was supported by an NHMRC Program Grant (no. 569940) and a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship (no. 1003960). The authors would like to thank the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads for providing the SEQTS data used in this study.