Indoor Built Environment and Older Adults’ Activity: A Systematic Review

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Azim, Farah T., Ariza-Vega, Patrocinio, Gardiner, Paul A. and Ashe, Maureen C.. 2023. "Indoor Built Environment and Older Adults’ Activity: A Systematic Review." Canadian Journal on Aging. 42 (2), pp. 241-258. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0714980822000241
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Indoor Built Environment and Older Adults’ Activity: A Systematic Review

ERA Journal ID15859
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAzim, Farah T. (Author), Ariza-Vega, Patrocinio (Author), Gardiner, Paul A. (Author) and Ashe, Maureen C. (Author)
Journal TitleCanadian Journal on Aging
Journal Citation42 (2), pp. 241-258
Number of Pages18
Year2023
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0714-9808
1710-1107
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/s0714980822000241
Web Address (URL)https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/canadian-journal-on-aging-la-revue-canadienne-du-vieillissement/article/indoor-built-environment-and-older-adults-activity-a-systematic-review/FC41AA752124E46BC21D0DEE03EC87FC
Abstract

Although the physical environment can influence people's activity, there are few knowledge syntheses for indoor environments and older adults' daily life routines. Therefore, we conducted a systematic review of peer-reviewed evidence to inform future research and practice. Inclusion criteria were studies with any research designs, across all years and languages focused on older adults 60 years of age or more, on physical activity/sedentary behaviour and the indoor environment. After searching five databases, two authors completed title/abstract and full-text screening. The last search was on December 19, 2020. We screened 1,367 citations, and included 23 studies situated in private or collective dwellings (e.g., assisted living). We identified physical activity-supportive indoor features across three domains: campus (e.g., amenities, pathways), building (e.g., area, floor level), and fixtures (e.g., elevators, hallways). Knowledge of indoor environmental factors for older adults' engagement in daily activities can guide future research and policy on housing design.

Keywordsaging; physical activity; sedentary behaviour; knowledge synthesis; housing; housing for the elderly; healthy aging
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020339999. Other built environment and design not elsewhere classified
320210. Geriatrics and gerontology
420699. Public health not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of British Columbia, Canada
University of Granada, Spain
School of Health and Medical Sciences
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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