Presence and visibility of outdoor and indoor physical activity features and participation in physical activity among older adults in retirement communities
Zimring, Craig M.
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In this paper we examine how the presence and visibility of outdoor and indoor physical activity resources (e.g., walking path/trail, outdoor tennis courts, gardens, etc.) influences participation in physical activity among elderly residents in non-profit continuing care retirement communities and other senior housing communities. This paper reports findings from a survey of 800 such communities. A social ecological model was used to study the relationships between the environment and physical activity behavior. A fifty-two percent response rate (n=398) was obtained. Campuses with more attractive outdoor and physical activity facilities had more residents participating in different types of physical activity.