Journal article

Walking-friendly built environments and objectively measured physical function in older adults

Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Gavin R McCormack, Tomoki Nakaya, Ai Shibata, Kaori Ishii, Akitomo Yasunaga, Yung Liao, Koichiro Oka

Journal of Sport and Health Science | SHANGHAI UNIV SPORT | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined the associations between urban design attributes and older adults' physical function. Especially, it is not well known how built-environment attributes may influence physical function in Asian cities. The aim of this study was to examine associations between objectively measured environmental attributes of walkability and objectively assessed physical function in a sample of Japanese older adults. METHODS: Cross-sectional data collected in 2013 from 314 older residents (aged 65-84 years) living in Japan were used. Physical function was estimated from objectively measured upper- and lower-body function, mobility, and balance by a trained research team mem..

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Awarded by Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Funding Acknowledgements

MJK was supported by the JSPS KAKENHI (#JP15H02964). KO is supported by the MEXT-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities, 2015~ 2019, the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (S1511017).