Environnement résidentiel et vieillissement en santé : le rôle de l'activité physique et de la participation sociale

Translated title of the contribution: Residential environment and healthy aging: the role of physical activity and social participation

Marion Patte, Basile Chaix, Philippe Gerber, Olivier Klein, Camille Perchoux, Julie Vallée

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Demographic aging one of the major challenges of the 21st century. It raises the issue of “healthy aging”, a process of helping elderly people remain in good health and independent as long as possible. The influence of environmental factors on this process can vary depending on individuals and their behaviour. The entanglement of these factors represents a theoretical as well as a methodological challenge. This paper aims to i) quantify the associations between the physical and social environment of elderly peoples’ neighbourhoods with their healthy aging, and ii) assess if their physical activity and their social participation are mediating this relation. The results show that, although some characteristics of the neighbourhood relating to the reputation, access to services, and social cohesion are associated with healthy aging, there is limited support for the idea that behaviour mediates the relation between context and health.

Translated title of the contributionResidential environment and healthy aging: the role of physical activity and social participation
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)348-362
Number of pages15
JournalCanadian Journal on Aging
Issue number3
Early online date6 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2022


  • living environment
  • physical activity
  • social participation
  • Healthy aging
  • mediation

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