Restorative Environments and Promoting Physical Activity Among Older People
This chapter provides an overview of what is known about restorative environments (REs) for older adults. The chapter begins by setting out what constitutes an RE and considering these attributes in relation to the needs of older people. Next, it considers the processes of psychological restoration and how this intersects with physical activity, and the relationship between mood and mobility. Then, it sets out what is known in this research area in relation to, first, healthy older adults and, second, those experiencing cognitive impairment and dementia by RE setting (e.g. the neighbourhood and street context). We conclude with reflections on the potential of restorative environments to promote mobility and psychological well-being in older people.
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