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The Contribution Of The Neighbourhood Environment To The Relationship Between Neighbourhood Disadvantage And Physical Function Among Middle-Aged To Older Adults, Hui Yee Loh Jun 2018

The Contribution Of The Neighbourhood Environment To The Relationship Between Neighbourhood Disadvantage And Physical Function Among Middle-Aged To Older Adults, Hui Yee Loh

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Background

With the continuing increases in life expectancies in developed countries, an important public health goal is to ensure successful ageing—morbidity compression, maintenance of physical functioning and active engagement in life. It is well established that the onset of physical function decline begins in mid-life, and functional capacity is critical to maintaining mobility, independence and quality of life. A growing body of literature has found that residents of more disadvantaged neighbourhoods have significantly poorer physical function, independent of individual-level factors. However, the mechanisms through which neighbourhood environments are associated with this relationship remain largely unknown.

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