Exercise space planning and design for an aging society: A case study of space, exercise behavior, and cognitive function of older women in taiwan

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Abstract

This chapter explores practical approaches to building a healthy built environment for an aging society by planning appropriate exercise spaces. In an urban area, the quality, quantity, and distribution of exercise spaces are usually decided through urban planning and the urban design processes following urban planning ordinances. Elderly women can exercise for longer than elderly men once they develop regular exercise habits. Major factors affecting elderly women’s exercise willingness include self-rated body functions, social support systems, weather, exercise spaces, and community environment. The questionnaire was based on the research hypothesis that older women with different cognition functions would have different exercise behaviors and preferences toward exercise spaces. The research hypothesis of a positive correlation between older women’s cognitive functions, exercise habits, and exercise space planning was also confirmed in the field survey results. Planners seldom take local user preferences into account when allocating exercise spaces in the urban context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of People and Place in the 21st-Century City
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages98-108
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781351211536
ISBN (Print)9780815380948
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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