Neighborhood Environment and Objectively Measured Sedentary Behavior Among Older Adults: A Cross-Sectional Study

Shao Hsi Chang, Ru Rutherford, Ming Chun Hsueh, Yi Chien Yu, Jong Hwan Park, Sendo Wang, Yung Liao

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Abstract

Background: We examined the relationships between objectively assessed neighborhood environment and the patterns of sedentary behavior among older adults. Methods: A total of 126 community-dwelling older adults (aged 65 years or above) were recruited. Data on neighborhood environmental attributes (resident density, street intersection density, sidewalk availability, accessible destinations, and accessible public transportation), accelerometer-assessed total time and patterns of sedentary behavior (number and duration of bouts), and sociodemographic characteristics were collected. Multiple linear regression models were developed. Results: After adjustment for potential confounders, greater sidewalk availability was negatively related to the number of sedentary bouts (β = −0.185; 95% CI: −0.362, 0.015; p = 0.034) and sedentary bout duration (β = −0.180; 95% CI: −0.354, −0.011; p = 0.037). Conclusions: This study revealed that a favorable neighborhood environment characterized by sidewalk availability is negatively associated with sedentary behavior patterns in Taiwanese older adults. These findings are critical to inform environmental policy initiatives to prevent sedentary lifestyle in older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Article number552198
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 12

Keywords

  • accelerometer
  • environment
  • sedentary behavior pattern
  • urban older adults
  • walkability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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