Built Environment and Elderly Population Health: A Comprehensive Literature Review
Noe Garin 1, 2, 3, Beatriz Olaya 1, 2, 3, Marta Miret 3, 4, 5, Jose Luis Ayuso-Mateos 3, 4, 5, Michael Power 6, Paola Bucciarelli 7, Josep Maria Haro *, 1, 2, 3
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2014
First Page: 103
Last Page: 115
Publisher ID: CPEMH-10-103
Article History:Received Date: 3/7/2014
Revision Received Date: 17/7/2014
Acceptance Date: 2/8/2014
Electronic publication date: 21 /10/2014
Collection year: 2014
open-access license: This is an open access article licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.
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.