More information about this project
The purpose of this research was to understand how COVID-19 the experiences of adults aged 65 and older regarding changes in physical activity and social participation resulting from the COVID-19 shutdowns, and their perspectives on precautionary measures and alternate forms of program delivery as well as to identify the challenges faced by the recreation sector in adapting programs for older adults following COVID-19.
To address this purpose, we conducted an online survey and conducted interviews with adults aged 65 and older and community experts working in the recreation sector with experience in older adult programming.
This project was funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant.
Understanding the challenges of COVID-19 on older adults’ participation in social and physical activities
Qualitative interviews were held with a subsample of older adults from the survey and community experts who work in the recreation sector with adults aged 65 and older to discuss barriers to physical and social activities as a result of COVID-19, perspectives on participating in recreation in various forms (e.g., online, in-person) and challenges, barriers and opportunities within the recreation sector to adapt programming as a result of COVID-19.
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