Activity and Culture: The Contribution to Health and Well-being in Later Life

Tetley, Josephine; Mountain, Gail; Clarke, Amanda; James, Janet; Wilson, Janet; Hockney, Chris and Gamble, Julie (2007). Activity and Culture: The Contribution to Health and Well-being in Later Life. Foundation of Nursing Studies, London, UK.



A nurse-led multi-agency team worked with older people to develop a model of activity and culture, and evaluate its impact to health and well-being. Underpinned by a needs analysis, the project sought to identify the range of activities that older people used to engage in, currently undertake and what they aspire to engage with both inside their home and in the community.

Initial findings revealed that lack of confidence, restricted opportunities and physical barriers such as transport, limited tenants' involvement with physical, social and cultural activities that could improve their health and wellbeing. The project has therefore aimed to develop a more diverse and accessible programme of activities that better reflects individual and collective needs. Following early positive evaluations, the project team are now considering how the centre could be accessed by, and benefit, a wider group of community dwelling older people and would hope to collaborate with other groups to explore how this model can be developed for use with a wider range of older people.

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