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Mobility and Well-being in Old Age

Siren, Anu PhD; Hakamies-Blomqvist, Liisa PhD

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January-March 2009 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - p 3–11
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e31819147bf

This study, using focus group material, explored how independent mobility and personal well-being in old age are interconnected and which elements of mobility are the most essential for well-being by examining the way seniors talk about mobility and adapting to age-related mobility restrictions. There were 3 main outcomes. First, the physical aspects of mobility were a strong frame of reference in the discussions. Second, independent mobility was closely tied to the everyday life practices and ways to perform one's personal lifestyle(s). Third, the obstacles to independent mobility were to be overcome by both mental and technical compensation.

From the Department of Transport, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark (Dr Siren); and NordForsk, Norway (Dr Hakamies-Blomqvist).

Corresponding author: Anu Siren, PhD, Department of Transport, Technical University of Denmark, Bygningstorvet 116 vest, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark (e-mail:

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.