Older adults' quality of life - exploring the role of the built environment and social cohesion in community-dwelling seniors on low income

Engel, Lidia, Chudyk, AM, Ashe, MC, McKay, HA, Whitehurst, DGT and Bryan, S 2016, Older adults' quality of life - exploring the role of the built environment and social cohesion in community-dwelling seniors on low income, Social science medicine, vol. 164, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.07.008.

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Title Older adults' quality of life - exploring the role of the built environment and social cohesion in community-dwelling seniors on low income
Author(s) Engel, LidiaORCID iD for Engel, Lidia orcid.org/0000-0002-7959-3149
Chudyk, AM
Ashe, MC
McKay, HA
Whitehurst, DGT
Bryan, S
Journal name Social science medicine
Volume number 164
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 1873-5347
Keyword(s) Built environment
Canada
Older adults
Quality of life
Social cohesion
Wellbeing
Summary The built environment and social cohesion are increasingly recognized as being associated with older adults' quality of life (QoL). However, limited research in this area still exists and the relationship has remained unexplored in the area of Metro Vancouver, Canada. This study examined the association between the built environment and social cohesion with QoL of 160 community-dwelling older adults (aged ≥ 65 years) on low income from Metro Vancouver. Cross-sectional data acquired from the Walk the Talk (WTT) study were used. Health-related QoL (HRQoL) and capability wellbeing were assessed using the EQ-5D-5L and the ICECAP-O, respectively. Measures of the environment comprised the NEWS-A (perceived built environment measure), the Street Smart Walk Score (objective built environment measure), and the SC-5PT (a measure of social cohesion). The primary analysis consists of Tobit regression models to explore the associations between environmental features and HRQoL as well as capability wellbeing. Key findings indicate that after adjusting for covariates, older adults' capability wellbeing was associated with street connectivity and social cohesion, while no statistically significant associations were found between environmental factors and HRQoL. Our results should be considered as hypothesis-generating and need confirmation in a larger longitudinal study.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.07.008
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1601 Anthropology
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
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