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Community Built Environment Factors and Mobility Around Senior Wellness Centers

Title: Community Built Environment Factors and Mobility Around Senior Wellness Centers: The Concept of "Safe Senior Zones".
Name(s): Shendell, Derek, author
Johnson, Matthew, author
Sanders, Danna, author
Nowakowski, Alexandra, author
Yang, Jianhua, author
Jeffries, Carla, author
Weisman, Janet, author
Moulding, Megan, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The authors investigated built environment (BE) factors in urban neighborhoods in DeKalb County, Georgia. Each volunteering, consenting senior was placed into one of two groups: walking tours outside, then discussions (n=37); and focus group discussions indoors about photographs of BE conditions potentially influencing mobility (n=43). The authors sought to identify BE factors-both real and perceived by participating seniors-related to their ability to walk around senior wellness centers in a healthy and safe manner. The authors focused specifically on available literature and pilot study data for their concept of "safe senior zones" around senior wellness centers serving urban communities in this article. They also characterized their study population regarding sociodemographic variables and doctor-diagnosed chronic diseases, and types of walking aids reported used to help prevent falls. Their results can inform future applied practice and research on traffic-related exposures and BE factors concerning seniors, and support policy and planning to benefit community environmental public health.
Identifier: FSU_migr_mhs-0042 (IID)
Keywords: aged, city planning, environment design, fitness centers, focus groups, mobility limitation, safety, walking
Uncontrolled subjects: Aged, Aged, 80 and over, City Planning, Environment Design, Female, Fitness Centers, Focus Groups, Georgia, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Mobility Limitation, Safety, Walking
Note: Originally published in Journal of Environmental Health.
Citation: Shendell DG1, Johnson ML, Sanders DL, Nowakowski AC, Yang J, Jeffries CD, Weisman JE, Moulding M. (2011). J Environ Health, 73(7):9-18; quiz 42.
Subject(s): Environmental sciences
Medical sciences
Environmental psychology
Place attachment
Social sciences
Cities and towns -- Study and teaching
City planning
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Journal of Environmental Health.
Issue: 7, 73

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Shendell, D., Johnson, M., Sanders, D., Nowakowski, A., Yang, J., Jeffries, C., … Moulding, M. (2011). Community Built Environment Factors and Mobility Around Senior Wellness Centers: The Concept of "Safe Senior Zones". Journal Of Environmental Health. Retrieved from