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Neighborhood walkability or third places? Determinants of social support and loneliness among older adults

Lee, J. H. and Tan, T. H. (2019) Neighborhood walkability or third places? Determinants of social support and loneliness among older adults. Journal of Planning Education and Research. ISSN 1552-6577

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1177/0739456x19870295

Abstract/Summary

In the context of creating age-friendly communities, this paper examines the effects of neighborhood walkability and third places on older adults’ social connectedness. The subject was older adult homeowners aged sixty-five years and above in the context of American college towns. Partial least squares structural equation modeling was used, controlling personal abilities and sociodemographic factors. Third places positively influenced older adults’ social support network, but it was not associated with loneliness. Objective and perceived neighborhood accessibility had no association with either social support network or loneliness in later life. Findings suggest that planners and developers should prioritize third places in designing for active living.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:University of Reading Malaysia
ID Code:88110
Uncontrolled Keywords:Geography, Planning and Development, Development, Urban Studies
Publisher:Sage

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