Developing interventions with older adults: An exploratory mixed methods case study
ISPAH ePoster Library. Schmidt T. Oct 16, 2018; 225204; 292
Ms. Tanja Schmidt
Ms. Tanja Schmidt
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Neighborhood Open Spaces (NOS) might be a means to increase physical and mental health in older adults. However, research on how to build NOS for older adults is scarce. The aim of this study was to create age-friendly NOS by using co-creation to increase use of NOS and social interaction between older adults. Methods:<\b>
The study consisted of two baseline and two follow-up data collections and included a 6-month co-creation process with 25 elderly people from two senior housing areas. In each area three workshops were held, followed by a design and building phase. The System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities was used to measure changes in use and social interaction. Interviews were conducted to get an understanding of participants’ experiences with NOS and the intervention process. RESULTS: The workshops lead to a range of suggestions from participants, resulting in the construction of different NOS features focusing on social interaction. Including older adults in the process ensured highly tailored designs of NOS features. Preliminary results did not show change in use or social interaction. The second follow-up in spring 2018 will include a more elaborate data collection, to get a deeper understanding of possible change. CONCLUSION: The study contributed to a better understanding of older adults’ barriers and needs towards NOS, and how to include elderly in a co-creation process, which is valuable for future intervention studies in age-friendly communities. External funding details FUNDING: The study was funded by TrygFonden, Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities, and Velux Foundation.
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