Greenspaces and Mature Wellbeing
A STUDY HAS SHOWN THAT A CONNECTION WITH GREENSPACE IS ASSOCIATED WITH LESS FRAILTY IN OLDER ADULTS
Words Louis A Bowers, Editor, McKnight's Senior Living
Greenspaces are good for the frailty status of older adults, according to a study published in the latest issue of JAMDA: The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. The authors hope the study will encourage the use of greenspaces to promote health and prevent frailty in such populations.
Researchers in Hong Kong measured the frailty status of 4000 study participants aged 65 or more years, as well as the amount of greenspace/vegetation around their residences, then followed up with participants two years later: complete follow-up data was available for 3240 participants. The frailty status of older adults living in neighbourhoods with more than 34 percent greenspace at baseline was more likely to have improved over the time period, researchers found:
"Greenspace is now viewed as an important part of neighbourhoods that support healthy and active lifestyles; it is therefore plausible that individuals living in areas with more greenspace have a lower risk of frailty," they wrote....read the full article in the AP&L Journal Winter edition out 17th June!