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Table 1 Characteristics of older people in the sample

From: Good places for ageing in place: development of objective built environment measures for investigating links with older people's wellbeing

Variable Category % of participants
Gender Women 59.0
  Men 41.0
Age group 65-74 43.5
  75-84 43.0
  80+ 13.5
Socio-economic classification I Professional 15.5
  II Managerial 40.0
  IIIN Skilled - non manual 16.5
  IIIM Skilled - manual 14.5
  IV Partly skilled 11.0
  V Unskilled 2.5
Self-rated health Excellent 12.0
  Very good 34.0
  Good 24.5
  Fair 19.5
  Poor 10.0
Specific health problems None 16.5
  Visual impairments 26.0
  Hearing impairments 35.5
  Memory problems 24.0
  Mobility problems 59.5
  Other 6.0
Activities limited by health problems Yes 51.5
  No 48.5
Activities limited the most by: Visual impairments 3.5
  Hearing impairments 2.0
  Memory problems 1.0
  Mobility problems 44.5
  Other (heart and breathing problems) 0.5
Use of mobility aids when out None 64.5
  Walking aid 28.0
  Wheelchair 2.5
  Help from another person 1.5
  Mobility scooter 8.0
Forms of transport used the most often Walk 85.0
  Bicycle 3.0
  Bus 56.0
  Drives own car 51.0
  Driven by someone else 19.5
  Train 10.0
  Taxi 16.5
  Dial-a-ride 4.5
  Mobility scooter 7.0
Living arrangements Alone 54.5
  With partner 41.5
  With others 4.0
Length of time living in neighbourhood < 1 year 3.5
  1-10 years 38.5
  > 10 years 58.0
Tenure Owner-occupier 62.5
  Renting from Housing Association 37.5