The impact of weather on mobility and participation in older US adults

Clarke, Philippa J. ; Yan, Ting ; Keusch, Florian ; Gallagher, Nancy Ambrose

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: American Journal of Public Health : AJPH
Volume: 105
Issue number: 7
Page range: 1489-1494
Place of publication: Washington, DC
Publishing house: American Public Health Association
ISSN: 1541-0048 , 0090-0036
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Statistik u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Methodenlehre (Kreuter 2014-2020)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Objectives. We examined the impact of weather on the daily lives of US adults to understand which populations are most vulnerable to various weather conditions.Methods. Data came from a 2013 supplement to the University of Michigan–Thomson Reuters Surveys of Consumers, a nationally representative telephone survey of 502 adults in the contiguous United States. We used logistic regressions to assess the odds of mobility difficulty and participation restriction during different weather conditions, as well as age group differences.Results. Ice was most likely to change the way respondents got around (reported by 47%). In icy conditions, participants had difficulty leaving home (40%) and driving (35%). Facing ice, older adults (≥ 65 years) had twice the odds of having great difficulty leaving home (odds ratio OR = 2.22; 95\% confidence interval CI = 1.12, 4.42) and curtailing work or volunteer activities (OR = 2.01; 95\% CI = 1.01, 4.06), and 3 times the odds of difficulty driving (OR = 3.33; 95\% CI = 1.62, 6.86) as younger respondents. We also found significant differences in mobility and participation by gender and region of residence.Conclusions. Weather can affect social isolation, health, well-being, and mortality among older US adults.

Dieser Eintrag ist Teil der Universitätsbibliographie.

Metadata export


+ Search Authors in

+ Page Views

Hits per month over past year

Detailed information

You have found an error? Please let us know about your desired correction here: E-Mail

Actions (login required)

Show item Show item