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Outdoor mobility and promoting physical activity among older people.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Ageing and Physical Activity Promotion.
EditorsSamuel R. Nyman, Anna Barker, Terry Haines, Khim Horton, Charles Musselwhite, Geeske Peeters, Christina R. Victor, Julia Katharina Wolff
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages427-445
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-71291-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-71290-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2018

Abstract

Outdoor physical activity (PA) is crucial for the health and wellbeing of older people. Evidence suggests that various environmental factors might be relevant to facilitating or hindering outdoor PA in this age group. To promote a better appreciation of these factors, we propose interactionist (or ‘ecological’) approaches to understanding the dynamic interactions between mind, body, prosthetics, society, and physical environments. We also review the global demographic and technological trends that are changing the nature and importance of those interactions, leading to new opportunities for indoor simulation of some of the beneficial features of outdoor environments.

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