This study examines the impact of the Dutch District Approach, a major urban regeneration programme that was started in 2008 in the Netherlands, on social, physical and mental functioning of older adults. Data from 1092 participants (58–93 years at baseline) across two waves (2005/06 and 2011/12) of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam were linked to detailed data on exposure to the programme. Using a difference-in-difference approach, we assessed differences from pre-intervention to the intervention period between the target and control districts in loneliness, social engagement, social isolation, physical activity, and anxiety and depressive symptoms. Regardless of programme intensity, the results indicate that the Dutch District Approach did not benefit or harm these aspects of functioning in older adults.

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Health & Place
Department of Public Health

Timmermans, E.J, Reinhard, E, Ruijsbroek, A, Huisman, M, & Avendano, M. (2020). Regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods and indicators of functioning in older adults: A quasi-experimental evaluation of the Dutch District Approach. Health & Place, 64. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2020.102359