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25/02/2009

Tool Information

Settings: Residence for Older People
MHP Steps: Needs Analysis
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English

Evaluation: Unknown
Available Formats: Paper Based | Soft Copy
Free: Yes
Restrictions on Use: No
Tool Focus: Organisation
Tool Type: Other
Download(s): Presence and Visibility of Outdoor and Indoor Physical Activity - 133 KB

Tool Description

This paper examines how the presence and visibility of outdoor and indoor physical activity resources (e.g. walking path/ trail, outdoor tennis courts, gardens, etc) influences participation in physical activity among elderly residents in non-profit continuing care retirement communities and other senior housing communities. The paper reports findings from a survey of 800 such communities. A social ecological model was used to study the relationships between the environment and physical activity behavior. A fifty-two percent response rate (n=398) was obtained. Campuses with more attractive outdoor and indoor physical activity facilities had more residents participating in different types of physical activity. The study exemplifies the complexity of physical activity behavior and the difficulty in isolating the influence of the environment on physical activity behavior. As an exploratory study, this paper begins to identify how the availability of resources at the building and site level may be related to participation in physical activity. However, there is need for more focused studies that assess how the presence of resources at the building and site level influences participation in physical activity.

Tool Characteristics

Application in the Field: General use in one country
Tool mainly used in: United States
Stage of Development: No information found
Evaluation and Research: No information found
Beneficiary Involvement in Design: Descriptor not applicable

Contact Details

Organisation Name: Institute for the Future of Ageing Services
Address: 2519 Connecticut Ave NW,
Address Line 2: Washington, DC
Postal Code: 20008
Country: United States
Email: ifas@aahsa.org

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