Mobility in community-dwelling older adults; what are its determinants?

Wiebren Zijlstra*, Eleftheria Giannouli

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BACKGROUND: Based on a conceptual framework, Kuspinar and colleagues analysed life-space mobility in community-dwelling older adults. However, a number of earlier mobility studies that used the same framework remained undiscussed. This correspondence article addresses similarities and differences between these studies, as well as highlight issues that need to be addressed to improve our understanding of mobility determinants in older adults.

FINDINGS: Despite differences in methodological approach as well as in detailed results, the studies share one important outcome: regardless of the specific choice of potential mobility determinants, only a low to moderate proportion of mobility could be explained.

CONCLUSIONS: Our present understanding of the determinants of mobility in community-dwelling older adults is limited. A consistent terminology that takes into account the different aspects of mobility; the use of objective methods to assess real-life mobility; and monitoring changes in real-life mobility in response to interventions will contribute to furthering our understanding of mobility determinants.

Original languageEnglish
Article number228
Number of pages4
JournalBMC Geriatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7-Apr-2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Independent Living
  • Mobility Limitation

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