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Entrance-related environmental barriers may hinder community-dwelling older people to leave their homes

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A new study by Portegijs, E., et al. (2017). "Perceived and objective entrance-related environmental barriers and daily out-of-home mobility in community-dwelling older people." Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 69: 69-76.

 

Found that where home entrances had environmental barriers "The odds for moving out-of-home less than daily increased" and that "Participants with limitations in lower extremity performance were more susceptible to these environmental barriers". They went on to conclude "Entrance-related environmental barriers may hinder community-dwelling older people to move out-of-home daily especially when their functional capacity is compromised. Potentially, reducing entrance-related barriers may help to prevent confinement to the home".


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