Built environment and elderly population health: a comprehensive literature review

Clin Pract Epidemiol Ment Health. 2014 Oct 21;10:103-15. doi: 10.2174/1745017901410010103. eCollection 2014.

Abstract

Global population aging over recent years has been linked to poorer health outcomes and higher healthcare expenditure. Policies focusing on healthy aging are currently being developed but a complete understanding of health determinants is needed to guide these efforts. The built environment and other external factors have been added to the International Classification of Functioning as important determinants of health and disability. Although the relationship between the built environment and health has been widely examined in working age adults, research focusing on elderly people is relatively recent. In this review, we provide a comprehensive synthesis of the evidence on the built environment and health in the elderly.

Keywords: Built environment; elderly people; literature review; mental health; physical health; quality of life; well-being..