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ERIC Number: EJ805285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0899-1510
Older Adults with Visual Impairment: Lived Experiences and a Walking Group
Green, Clare; Miyahara, Motohide
RE:view: Rehabilitation Education for Blindness and Visual Impairment, v39 n3 p91-112 Fall 2007
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. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand