Lower physical performance in colder seasons and colder houses: Evidence from a field study on older people living in the community

Yukie Hayashi, Steven M. Schmidt, Agneta Malmgren Fänge, Tanji Hoshi, Toshiharu Ikaga

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Abstract

The aim of this paper was to explore the effect of seasonal temperature differences and cold indoor environment in winter on the physical performance of older people living in the community based on a field study. We recruited 162 home-dwelling older people from a rehabilitation facility in the Osaka prefecture, Japan, physical performance data were available from 98/162 (60.5%). At the same time, for some participants, a questionnaire survey and a measurement of the indoor temperature of individual houses were conducted. The analysis showed that there were seasonal trends in the physical performance of older people and that physical performance was worse in the winter compared with the autumn. Furthermore, people living in colder houses had worse physical performance. The findings indicate that keeping the house warm in the winter can help to maintain physical performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number651
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 17

Keywords

  • Field study
  • Frail
  • Indoor thermal environment
  • Physical strength examination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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