A Qualitative Approach to Understanding the Neighborhood Environmental Influences on Active Aging

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Hanan Elsawahli
Faizah Ahmad
Azlan Shah Ali


Numerous researches mainly in western countries have found that active aging is associated with a wide range of health benefits for older adults. Although research related to active aging has gained considerable interest, in Malaysia, older adults’ active aging is still in its infancy. The crucial role of neighborhood characteristics as promoting active aging has led the WHO to adopt more comprehensive approaches by introducing ‘Age-Friendly Cities’ program. This study used a qualitative approach to explore the experience of older adults’ active aging as influenced by neighborhood characteristics. The data explication centered on concept of active aging. Main themes emerged were: physical activity, facilitators to physical activity, and barriers to physical activity, accessibility, social interaction, and safety. The results show that older adults are sensitive with respect to perceived falling hazards due to poor lighting and poor walkway conditions. Regular maintenance is required to avoid restrictions upon their physical activity.


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