Perceptions of Group-Based Walks and Strategies to Inform the Development of an Intervention in Retirement Villages: perspectives of residents and village managers

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Authors

  • Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani
  • Hannah Uren
  • Catrina Wold
  • Keith D. Hill

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Health Psychology & Behavioural Medicine Research Group, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University
  • School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University

Abstract

The aim of the current study was to explore perceptions of group-based walking and gather suggestions to inform the development of a group-based walking intervention among older adults in retirement villages. Twenty-four physically inactive residents (16 female, 8 male; age range: 69–88) and four managers from four retirement villages were interviewed. Inductive thematic analysis revealed six broad themes: lack of motivation, values versus constraints, fears and confidence, need for structure, creating a sense of belonging, and the physical environment as a double-edged sword. Proposed intervention strategies included using trained walk leaders, using small groups, planning for flexibility, setting attainable goals, creating a routine, creating opportunities for sharing experiences, and planning a variety of walks. Group-based walking programs may be used to promote physical activity but careful planning of such programs is needed to make them appealing and feasible to a diverse group of residents.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-268
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of aging and physical activity
Volume25
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • physical activity , inductive thematic analysis , motivation, behaviour change , physical activity