Site and neighborhood environments for walking among older adults. Academic Article uri icon


  • Walking has significant health and mobility benefits for older adults. Previous environment-walking studies have focused on neighborhood environments, overlooking proximate site-level characteristics. This study examines both the neighborhood and site-level environments. A survey was conducted with 114 older adults from five assisted-living facilities in Houston, TX. A subset of 61 participants' environments was examined using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Multivariate analyses identified positive correlates of walking at the site level including yard landscaping and corner-lots, and neighborhood-level correlates including walking destinations, safety from crime, and sidewalks. Both site-level and neighborhood environmental supports appear important in promoting walking among older adults.

published proceedings

  • Health Place

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, Z., & Lee, C.

citation count

  • 70

complete list of authors

  • Wang, Zhe||Lee, Chanam

publication date

  • January 1, 2010 11:11 AM