Leisure time physical activity differences among older adults from diverse socioeconomic neighborhoods

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Abstract

This paper examines how neighborhood deprivation potentially affects older adults’ participation in leisure time physical activity (LTPA). Recall surveys and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 63 elderly residents of high- and low-deprivation neighborhoods in Christchurch, New Zealand. Results showed that residing in a neighborhood of high socioeconomic deprivation was potentially associated with significantly lower levels of neighborhood-based LTPA and that this effect appeared to be partly mediated by deleterious physical and social environmental conditions. These results suggest that strategies to promote increased participation in LTPA among older adults may need to consider intervening in the physical and social environment in highly deprived neighborhoods.

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