Neighborhood walkability: older people's perspectives from four neighborhoods in Ottawa, Canada.

@article{Grant2010NeighborhoodWO,
  title={Neighborhood walkability: older people's perspectives from four neighborhoods in Ottawa, Canada.},
  author={Theresa Grant and Nancy Edwards and Heidi Sveistrup and Caroline Andrew and Mary Y Egan},
  journal={Journal of aging and physical activity},
  year={2010},
  volume={18 3},
  pages={
          293-312
        }
}
This qualitative study examined older people's walking experiences in 4 Ottawa neighborhoods. Seventy-five adults age 65 years and older who had lived in their neighborhoods for at least 2 yr participated in focus groups and individual interviews. Four themes were identified through data analysis: multidimensional personal meanings, navigating hostile walking environments, experiencing ambiguity, and getting around. Neighborhood walking was experienced within the continuum of personal and… 

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