Older People’s Usage Pattern, Satisfaction with Community Facility and Well-Being in Urban Old Districts

Siqiang Wang, Esther Hiu Kwan Yung, Ester Cerin, Yifan Yu, Peiheng Yu

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Community facilities are an important element that supports older people’s daily life and promotes their well-being. However, there is a dearth of comprehensive studies on the effect of planning and design of different types of community facilities on older people’s usage patterns and satisfaction. This study aims to provide a framework to explore the relationship among the planning of community facilities, older people’s usage and satisfaction level and well-being for different types of community facilities. Both spatial analysis and questionnaire survey (n = 497) methods are employed in this study. This study finds that commercial (89.34%), municipal (83.10%) and leisure (88.13%) facilities are most commonly used by older people. This study suggests that older people’s frequency of visiting community facilities is mainly affected by the purpose of visiting a community facility. Planning and design quality of the community facility are found to be significantly associated with older people’s satisfaction level with using a community facility. In addition, older people’s higher satisfaction level and usage level of community facilities could increase their physical and psychological well-being. The findings of this study not only contribute to the knowledge gap of older people’s usage and satisfaction with using community facilities but also suggest that planners should aim toward a better distribution of community facilities to improve older adults’ well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10297
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


  • community facility
  • older people
  • urban old district
  • usage pattern
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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