Walking is a suitable activity for older adults and has physical and mental health benefits. To devise interventions that impact levels of walking it is necessary to first understand the purposes for which people walk and the destinations to which they walk. Using a 7-day diary and accelerometry, this study investigated destinations and purposes of walking in older adult residents of an ultra-dense Asian city. Participants reported an average of 17.1 walking trips per week and total weekly accelerometer/diary determined trip walking time averaged 735 min per week; much higher than reported for older adults in non-Asian settings. The most common destinations were within the neighborhood: parks and streets for recreation walking and shops and eating places for transport-related walking. Errands and eating were the most common purposes for transportation trips. The study results can help inform urban design to encourage walking.
Barnett is with the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Australia. Cerin is with the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Australia, and the Institute of Human Performance, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong. Cheung and Chan are with the Elderly Health Service, Department of Health, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Address author correspondence to Anthony Barnett at email@example.com.