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Article: Walking for Recreation and Perceptions of the Neighborhood Environment in Older Chinese Urban Dwellers

TitleWalking for Recreation and Perceptions of the Neighborhood Environment in Older Chinese Urban Dwellers
Authors
KeywordsModerators
Older adults
Perceived environment
Walking for recreation
Issue Date2013
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springerlink.com/content/1099-3460
Citation
Journal Of Urban Health, 2013, v. 90 n. 1, p. 56-66 How to Cite?
Abstract
Engagement in walking for recreation can contribute to healthy aging. Although there is growing evidence that the neighborhood environment can influence walking for recreation, the amount of such evidence in relation to older adults is scarce and limited to Western low-density urban locations. Asian urban environments are typified by distinctive environmental and cultural characteristics that may yield different patterns to those observed in Western countries. Therefore, the main aim of this study was to examine associations of perceived environmental attributes with overall and within-neighborhood walking for recreation in Chinese elders (65+ years) residing in Hong Kong, an ultradense Asian metropolis. A sample of 484 elders was recruited from 32 neighborhoods stratified by socio-economic status and walkability (dwelling and intersection densities). Validated questionnaires measuring perceived neighborhood environment and weekly minutes of overall and within-neighborhood walking for recreation were interviewer administered. Results showed that the level of recreational walking was twice to four times higher than that reported in Western adults and elders. While overall walking for recreation showed a general lack of associations with perceived environmental attributes, within-neighborhood recreational walking was positively related with proximity of recreational facilities, infrastructure for walking, indoor places for walking, and presence of bridge/overpasses connecting to services. Age and educational attainment moderated the associations with several perceived environmental attributes with older and less-educated participants showing stronger associations. Traditional cultural views on the benefits of physical activity and the high accessibility of facilities and pedestrian infrastructure of Hong Kong may explain the high levels of walking. Although specific neighborhood attributes, or their perception, may influence recreational walking within the neighborhood, the compactness and public transport affordability of ultradense metropolises such as Hong Kong may make it easy for elders to compensate for the lack of favorable neighborhood attributes by walking outside the neighborhood. © 2012 The New York Academy of Medicine.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/160080
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dc.contributor.authorCerin, Een_HK
dc.contributor.authorSit, CHPen_HK
dc.contributor.authorBarnett, Aen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCheung, Mcen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, Wmen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-16T06:02:50Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-16T06:02:50Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Urban Health, 2013, v. 90 n. 1, p. 56-66en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1099-3460en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/160080-
dc.description.abstractEngagement in walking for recreation can contribute to healthy aging. Although there is growing evidence that the neighborhood environment can influence walking for recreation, the amount of such evidence in relation to older adults is scarce and limited to Western low-density urban locations. Asian urban environments are typified by distinctive environmental and cultural characteristics that may yield different patterns to those observed in Western countries. Therefore, the main aim of this study was to examine associations of perceived environmental attributes with overall and within-neighborhood walking for recreation in Chinese elders (65+ years) residing in Hong Kong, an ultradense Asian metropolis. A sample of 484 elders was recruited from 32 neighborhoods stratified by socio-economic status and walkability (dwelling and intersection densities). Validated questionnaires measuring perceived neighborhood environment and weekly minutes of overall and within-neighborhood walking for recreation were interviewer administered. Results showed that the level of recreational walking was twice to four times higher than that reported in Western adults and elders. While overall walking for recreation showed a general lack of associations with perceived environmental attributes, within-neighborhood recreational walking was positively related with proximity of recreational facilities, infrastructure for walking, indoor places for walking, and presence of bridge/overpasses connecting to services. Age and educational attainment moderated the associations with several perceived environmental attributes with older and less-educated participants showing stronger associations. Traditional cultural views on the benefits of physical activity and the high accessibility of facilities and pedestrian infrastructure of Hong Kong may explain the high levels of walking. Although specific neighborhood attributes, or their perception, may influence recreational walking within the neighborhood, the compactness and public transport affordability of ultradense metropolises such as Hong Kong may make it easy for elders to compensate for the lack of favorable neighborhood attributes by walking outside the neighborhood. © 2012 The New York Academy of Medicine.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springerlink.com/content/1099-3460en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Urban Healthen_HK
dc.subjectModeratorsen_HK
dc.subjectOlder adultsen_HK
dc.subjectPerceived environmenten_HK
dc.subjectWalking for recreationen_HK
dc.titleWalking for Recreation and Perceptions of the Neighborhood Environment in Older Chinese Urban Dwellersen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailCerin, E: ecerin@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11524-012-9704-8en_HK
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dc.identifier.citeulike10783703-

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