Leisure time physical activity differences among older adults from diverse socioeconomic neighborhoods

Michael J. Annear, Grant Cushman, Bob Gidlow

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Abstract

This paper examines how neighborhood deprivation potentially affects older adults' participation in leisure time physical activity (LTPA). Recall surveys and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 63 elderly residents of high- and low-deprivation neighborhoods in Christchurch, New Zealand. Results showed that residing in a neighborhood of high socioeconomic deprivation was potentially associated with significantly lower levels of neighborhood-based LTPA and that this effect appeared to be partly mediated by deleterious physical and social environmental conditions. These results suggest that strategies to promote increased participation in LTPA among older adults may need to consider intervening in the physical and social environment in highly deprived neighborhoods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-490
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jun
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Leisure time physical activity
  • Neighborhood deprivation
  • Older adults
  • Physical environment
  • Social environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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