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Self-assessed health of elderly people in Brussels: does the built environment matter?

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  • DUJARDIN, Claire

    () (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, Belgium and Institut Wallon d’Evaluation, de Prospective et de Statistiques (IWEPS), Namur, Belgium)

  • lorant, VINCENT

    () (Université catholique de Louvain, Institute of Health and Society, Belgium)

  • THOMAS, Isabelle

    () (FRS-FNRS and Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, Belgium)

Abstract

The built environment plays a key role in the strategy of “Aging in Place”. Here, we study the influence of the built environment on the health status of elderly people living in Brussels. Using census and geocoded data, we analysed if built environment factors were associated with poor self- assessed health status and functional limitations of elderly aged 65+. We concluded that the evidence of the built-environment hypothesis is weak and vulnerable to the composition of the neighborhood.

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  • DUJARDIN, Claire & lorant, VINCENT & THOMAS, Isabelle, 2013. "Self-assessed health of elderly people in Brussels: does the built environment matter?," CORE Discussion Papers 2013048, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2013048
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    1. Marquet, Oriol & Miralles-Guasch, Carme, 2015. "Neighbourhood vitality and physical activity among the elderly: The role of walkable environments on active ageing in Barcelona, Spain," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 135(C), pages 24-30.
    2. Hafner, Christian M. & Preminger, Arie, 2015. "A note on the Tobit model in the presence of a duration variable," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 126(C), pages 47-50.

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    Keywords

    built urban environment; subjective health; elderly; GIS-based measures; logistic regressions; Brussels;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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