The Potential Importance of Housing Type for Older People’s Physical Activity Levels

Simone Pettigrew, Rajni Rai, Michelle I. Jongenelis, Ben Jackson, Belinda Beck, Robert U. Newton

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Limited research has investigated the effect of housing type on older people’s physical activity, and the small amount of work to date has relied on self-reported activity levels. The aim of this study was to assess whether housing type is associated with objectively measured physical activity among community-dwelling older people. In total, 430 Australians aged 60 years and older completed a survey and wore an accelerometer for a week. Controlling for a range of confounding variables (age, gender, physical health, neighborhood walkability, and the density of open spaces in the local area), participants living in separate houses were found to engage in higher levels of activity compared with those living in retirement villages. In addition, those living in separate houses and apartments were significantly more likely to meet the physical activity guideline of 150+ min/week compared with those living in retirement villages.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Apr 2019


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