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Physical limitations prevent over-75s from leaving the house in the Netherlands

On an average day in 2010, nearly half of over-75s were housebound according to Statistics Netherlands. Physical limitations in particular prevented them from leaving the house. When they go outdoors, they are accompanied by another person, usually a driver, in nearly a quarter of cases. If they go out alone, they mostly go by bike or on foot.

Half of over-75s housebound
Approximately eight in ten people in the Netherlands left the house on an average day in 2010 to go to work, go shopping or visit friends or relatives versus more than one in two in the over-75 age bracket. Physical limitations force over-75s to stay at home in nearly 15 percent of cases. Weather conditions also play an important part in this respect. More than five times as many people over the age of 75 stayed at home in 2010 on account of the weather as in the age group under 75.

One in four over-75s are accompanied when they go out
If over-75s leave the house, nearly a quarter of them are not alone. Older people are more often accompanied than younger people. In 22 percent of cases, 75 to 80-year-olds are accompanied versus nearly 27 percent of over-80s, but this difference is mainly found among women. Between the ages of 75 and 80, men and women were equally often accompanied, but in the over-80 age group women were more often accompanied than men. This is possibly due to the fact that women over the age of 80 tend to feel less healthy and safe.