Neighbourhood adaptability for Hong Kong’s ageing population

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187–205
Journal / PublicationUrban Design International
Issue number3
Online published16 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019


Hong Kong is facing serious ageing issues due to the population’s high density and extended lifespans. The built environment characteristics of neighbourhoods are important for the older adults because they spend a significant amount of time within their neighbourhoods, and the neighbourhood environments affect their level of adaptability to ageing and quality of life. This study surveyed 180 older adults in six neighbourhoods in different districts. Land use mix, street connectivity and residents’ responses were used to quantify the environments. Time spent sitting, walking and engaging in moderate/vigorous physical activity were used to quantify physical activity behaviour. The results show that built environment characteristics such as the availability of commercial and recreational space influence the physical activity of Hong Kong’s older adults. This investigation generates some conclusions which are different with those in low-density environment observed in the Western societies.

Research Area(s)

  • Ageing, Environmental behaviour, Hong Kong, Neighbourhood adaptability, Outdoor activity