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The regional ecology of elderly falls in Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5302-1698
2016 (English)In: GeoJournal, ISSN 0343-2521, E-ISSN 1572-9893, Vol. 81, no 1, 23-36 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

The study assesses exploratory the geography of the elderly fall in Sweden in relation to the ecology of the socio-demographic characteristics of the Swedes older population. Kendall Test is used to measure the association between elderly fall rates and demographic, socio-economic characteristics of the population, costs of elderly care and accessibility measures at county level. Results show a number of significant associations: high rates of the elderly fall are associated with high cost of the elderly care but also low rate of elderly fall and good accessibility to basic services (e.g., grocery store, health care and cash machines). The articles finalizes with reflections of the results and suggestions for future research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Netherlands, 2016. Vol. 81, no 1, 23-36 p.
Keyword [en]
Ecology of fall, Elderly fall, Geography of fall, Socio demographic variations, Population statistics, Transportation, Accessibility measures, Demographic variations, Elderly falls, Grocery stores, Older population, Socio-demographic characteristics, Socio-economics, Ecology
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Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-188310DOI: 10.1007/s10708-014-9594-2ISI: 000382785800003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84957552929OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-188310DiVA: diva2:935271
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QC 20160610

Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-09 Last updated: 2017-05-24Bibliographically approved
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1. Ensuring elderly mobility: environmental and safety issues
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ensuring elderly mobility: environmental and safety issues
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The aim of this thesis is to provide a better understanding of the issues of safe mobility ‎for the elderly population in Sweden. ‎This is achieved first by assessing the geography and patterns of ‎elderly falls at the county level and then by conducting a detailed survey with residents in senior ‎housing to investigate the relationship between indoor and/or outdoor environmental ‎characteristics and elderly safety. Safety is regarded as a multidimensional concept that ‎involves risk of falls, crime victimization and elderly people’s perception of their ‎overall safety. Using a case study approach, the study also assesses the types of outdoor places where most crimes ‎against the elderly take place and the types of places most feared by them. The study ‎adapts a set of qualitative and quantitative methods ‎to capture the nature of the phenomena; trends, patterns and frameworks that support ‎the analysis and implications of the results for both research and practice. The findings show ‎that elderly falls in Sweden vary geographically and exhibit gender, age, environmental, and socio-‎economic differences. The mobility of the older population is influenced by their ‎perceived safety in indoor and outdoor environments. Certain features of apartment layout and furniture arrangement are identified as potential causes of falls. Older adults’ ‎perception of safety exhibits a distance-decay effect from their senior housing building. Distance decay indicates that safety is deemed highest closest to their homes and decreases as the distance increases. There are indications that older adults take longer routes and increase their mobility because they are fearful at certain spots in their neighbourhood. The thesis ‎concludes with a discussion of the results and implications for both research and policy making at the local and ‎county levels. ‎

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 40 p.
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TRITA-SOM, ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2017-01
Keyword
Elderly, safe mobility, environment
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-207794 (URN)978-91-7729-394-1 (ISBN)978-91-7729-459-7 (ISBN)
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2017-06-13, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Sing-Sing, floor 2, KTH Campus, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
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QC 20170602

My doctoral project was funded byLars Erik LundbergScholarship Foundation.

Available from: 2017-05-24 Created: 2017-05-24 Last updated: 2017-07-04Bibliographically approved

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