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Associations Between Neighborhood Open Space Attributes and Quality of Life for Older People in Britain

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalEnvironment & Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


The existing literature suggests that neighborhood open space (NOS) may play an important role for older people in maintaining and enhancing their quality of life (QoL). However, little is known as to what attributes of such places are relevant to QoL in late life. This study explored what aspects of NOS are associated with health, life satisfaction, and outdoor activity (walking) for older people. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to collect data from 284 people aged 65 years or older, living in Britain. The results indicate that the pleasantness and safety of open spaces were relevant to participants’ life satisfaction, whereas the quality of paths to open spaces was associated with walking behavior. The distance to NOS was also correlated with life satisfaction. However, no NOS attributes were associated with participants’ health status. These results are further discussed in the context of designing NOS to enhance older people’s QoL.

    Research areas

  • older adults, outdoor environment, park, health, life satisfaction, walking

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