The influence of neighbourhoods and the social environment on sedentary behaviour in older adults in three prospective cohorts

Richard Shaw, Iva Cukic, Ian Deary, Catharine Gale, Sebastien Chastin, Philippa Dall, Manon Dontje, Dawn Skelton, Laura Macdonald, Geoff Der

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Abstract / Description of output

Sedentary behaviour is an emerging risk factor for poor health. This study aimed to identify ecological determinants of sedentary behaviour, for which evidence is currently scarce. The study participants were community dwelling adults from, respectively, the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 (n = 271, mean age 79) and the 1930s (n = 119, mean age 83) and 1950s (n = 310, mean age 64) cohorts of the West of Scotland Twenty-07 study. The outcome measure, percentage of waking time spent sedentary (sedentary time), was measured using an activPAL activity monitor worn continuously for seven days. Potential determinants included objective and subjective neighbourhood measures such as natural space, crime, social cohesion and fear of crime. Other determinants included measures of social participation such as social support, social group membership and providing care. Results from multivariable regression analyses indicated that providing care was associated with reduced sedentary time in retired participants in all cohorts. Fear of crime and perceived absence of services were associated with increased sedentary time for retired 1950s cohort members. Higher crime rates were associated with increased sedentary time in all cohorts but this was not significant after adjustment for socio-demographic characteristics. Most other neighbourhood and social participation measures showed no association with sedentary time.
Original languageEnglish
Article number577
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • sedentary behaviour
  • social enviroment
  • physical environment
  • ageing
  • health
  • neighbourhood
  • social capital
  • social support


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