Neighborhood environment walkability and health-related quality of life among older adults in Hong Kong

Yanan Zhao*, Pak-Kwong CHUNG

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study examined the associations between walkability related environmental attributes (WREA) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among older adults in Hong Kong. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 340 participants (women = 233; mean age = 74.4 years) living in urban communities. Independent variables included residential density, land use mix-diversity, land use mix-access, street connectivity, infrastructure for walking, aesthetics, traffic hazards, crime, access to parking, lack of cul-de-sacs, hilliness, and physical barriers. Physical and mental dimensions of HRQoL were the dependent variables. Results revealed significant associations between WREA and HRQoL and demonstrated that aesthetics and physical barriers were significant determinants of physical health after adjusting age and sex, and crime and physical barriers were significant determinants of mental health after adjusting sex. This study provided empirical evidence that environmental walkability was associated with HRQoL among older adults in Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-186
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Volume73
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Ageing
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Built environment
  • Hong Kong
  • Older adult
  • Quality of life
  • Walkability

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