Report

Senior Victorians and walking: obstacles and opportunities - summary report

Publisher
Public health Australia Victoria
Description

Introduction

Walking is particularly important for older adults, who are less likely than younger adults to participate in more vigorous forms of physical activity; more likely to experience social isolation; and less likely to have access to other forms of transport such as driving a car.

Increasing recognition of the value of walking has led to a growing body of research into what supports and constrains everyday walking. However, much of this research and policy interest in ‘walkable’ neighbourhoods has focused on young and middle-aged population groups, and relatively little is known about what supports and constrains walking for older adults.

This study addresses this knowledge gap through a unique and comprehensive investigation into:

  • the meaning of walking for senior Victorians (aged 60 years and over);
  • seniors’ walking behaviour: and
  • supports and constraints on walking for seniors.

The study comprises four components:

  • a literature review of supports and constraints on seniors’ walking;
  • analysis of seniors’ walking data from the Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel and Activity (VISTA);
  • eight focus group discussions with a total of 32 senior Victorians; and
  • a survey of 1128 senior Victorians.
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