Indoor Environments and Promoting Physical Activity Among Older People

  • Maureen C. Ashe


Our house, our homes, ourselves: who we are, and the places that we inhabit are indelibly interwoven. Data are fast accumulating on the significant role of the outdoor built environment and physical activity (and health). For populations such as older adults with (or without) mobility impairments, a poorly structured built environment can significantly restrict community engagement. Despite the fact that we spend most of our lives indoors, there is far less empirical evidence to discern features of the indoor environment that influence physical activity. There is a need to focus on buildings incorporating age-friendly designs to support “ageing in place,” to build homes (and communities) that nurture social interaction, and identify destinations and routines that encourage adoption of activity into daily life habits.


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  • Maureen C. Ashe
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  1. 1.Department of Family PracticeThe University of British Columbia Centre for Hip Health & MobilityVancouverCanada

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