Life-Space Mobility in Older People (LISPE)

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  • CASE - Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments


LISPE is a prospective cohort study that started in 2011. It examines among older people how home and neighborhood characteristics, individuals’ health, functioning and personal goals influence physical activity, life-space mobility and quality of life. The primary outcome of the study is the Life-Space Assessment questionnaire.

The LISPE study includes a home interview at baseline and a phone interview at one and two years later. Data consist of the baseline survey among 848 community-dwelling people aged 75-90 years living in Jyväskylä and Muurame. Assessments included face-to-face interviews on perceived environmental mobility barriers and facilitators, health, mobility limitation, disability, participation restriction, motives for physical activity, personal goals and quality of life. In addition, the home visit included an observation of the home environment and a test of physical performance. Data on mortality and hospital care will be followed up from registers.

A subgroup of 174 people participated in a seven-day accelerometer recording while keeping a diary of places visited outside home. An additional 360 participants kept the 7-day diary on places visited outside home. The aim of the substudy is to study mobility and physical activity in older people. In addition, the relationship between physical activity and the extent of the life-space area will be studied.

This study will increase the understanding of how individual and environmental characteristics matter to physical activity and mobility in old age. This will be useful for the development of evidence-based policy to optimize older people’s opportunities for active life and participation.

Additional publication: Eronen J, von Bonsdorff MB, Rantakokko M, Rantanen T. Accumulation of disparity in physical activity in old age. Aging, Clinical Experimental Research Epub ahead of print 2012 Apr 23, doi: 10.3275/8389
Effective start/end date2011/01/012015/08/31

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Taina Rantanen, Erja Portegijs, Anne Viljanen, Johanna Eronen, Milla Saajanaho, Li-Tang Tsai, Markku Kauppinen, Eeva-Maija Palonen, Sarianna Sipilä, Susanne Iwarsson & Merja Rantakokko, 2012, In: BMC Public Health. 12, 1, p. 1018-1034

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