Older adults with visual impairment: Lived experiences and a walking group.

Clare Green, Motohide Miyahara

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Abstract

The authors investigated past and present physical activities of 6 older individuals with diverse types of visual impairment who participated in a walking group. The authors identified the participants' lived experiences of visual impairment and physical activity through interviews and assessed their current activity levels by using pedometers. Visual impairment hindered physical activity for some participants, whereas others were more active after becoming visually impaired. The walking group served the participants as a peer support group, offering members opportunities to meet and share experiences with other visually impaired people and encouraging some participants to pursue community-based activities and mainstream sport competitions. Individual activity levels tended to be higher on the days and weeks in which the walking group met. The authors gained insight into the interaction of personal and situational factors and offer suggestions for further research into the benefits of walking groups. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRE:view: Rehabilitation and Education for Blindness and Visual Impairment
Pages91-111
Number of pages21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameRE:view: Rehabilitation and Education for Blindness and Visual Impairment
Volume39

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Keywords

  • *Geriatric Patients
  • *Life Experiences
  • *Physical Activity
  • *Vision Disorders
  • *Walking
  • Geriatrics

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Green, C., & Miyahara, M. (2007). Older adults with visual impairment: Lived experiences and a walking group. In RE:view: Rehabilitation and Education for Blindness and Visual Impairment (pp. 91-111). (RE:view: Rehabilitation and Education for Blindness and Visual Impairment; Vol. 39). https://doi.org/10.3200/REVU.39.3.91-112