Evaluating Potential Environmental Variables and Active Aging in Older Adults for Age-Friendly Neighborhoods in Malaysia

ELSAWAHLI, H., SHAH ALI, A., AHMAD, F. and AL-OBAIDI, Karam (2017). Evaluating Potential Environmental Variables and Active Aging in Older Adults for Age-Friendly Neighborhoods in Malaysia. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 31 (1), 74-92.

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    Abstract

    © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. As Malaysia's population is aging rapidly, and since there is no specific housing policy for the elderly, it is vital that neighborhoods meet the different needs of elderly for active aging to maintain their quality of life. This study aims to investigate the neighborhood environmental variables, the outcome active aging, and potential variables that inhibit active aging in the elderly that lead to their quality of life. It examined quality-of-life determinants that are influenced by the existence of certain neighborhood characteristics. In the study, 385 older adults aged 60+ years residing in two different cities in Malaysia were surveyed. Multiple regression was used to explore how much variance in active aging variables the neighborhood environmental factors explained as a group. The results showed that permeability, accessibility, and facilitators to walking are key determinants of active aging. There is a need to improve the physical design of the neighborhoods with regard to these three factors.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Quality of life; Active aging; Neighborhood Characteristics; Older adults; 11 Medical and Health Sciences; 12 Built Environment and Design; 16 Studies in Human Society; Gerontology
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/02763893.2016.1268560
    Page Range: 74-92
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2020 12:51
    Last Modified: 04 Dec 2020 12:51
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26950

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