Publication Date

2014

Abstract

Aim: Physical activity ( PA ) patterns of retirement village residents were investigated using self-report and objective measures. Methods: Residents ( n = 323 ) from retirement villages in Perth, Australia, were surveyed on PA behaviour and various demographic, residency, health-related and mobility factors. Most participants wore accelerometers for 7 days. Retirement village managers ( n = 32 ) were surveyed on village descriptive characteristics, including the provision of amenities and facilities. Logistic regression models examined village and resident characteristics associated with PA. Results: Based on objective measurement, only 27.1% of participants were sufficiently active ( n = 288 ). Walking was one of the most popular PA modes. Few village characteristics were associated with PA; however, villages located in more walkable neighbourhoods increased participants’ odds of transport walking. Travelling outside the village daily also increased PA odds. Conclusions: Most residents were insufficiently active to gain health benefits. Considering individual and environmental factors, within the retirement village and neighbourhood settings, and associations with PA, warrants attention.

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Institute for Health and Ageing

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Journal Article

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