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Leisure activities and mobility device use among very old people in Latvia and in Sweden

Kylberg, Marianne LU ; Löfqvist, Charlotte LU ; Horstmann, Vibeke LU and Iwarsson, Susanne LU (2017) In British Journal of Occupational Therapy 80(4). p.250-258
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Introduction Opportunities for leisure activities and physical mobility are important for the ageing population. Therefore, we aim to describe leisure activities outside the home among very old (over 80 years of age) users and non-users of mobility devices in two European countries. Method Survey data on mobility device use, self-rated physical mobility and leisure activities outside the home were utilised for a Latvian (n = 225) and Swedish (n = 314) sample. Differences in type and number of leisure activities were studied between the countries and for four groups of participants according to use/non-use of and level of physical mobility. Results Significant differences in type and number of leisure activities were seen between the... (More)

Introduction Opportunities for leisure activities and physical mobility are important for the ageing population. Therefore, we aim to describe leisure activities outside the home among very old (over 80 years of age) users and non-users of mobility devices in two European countries. Method Survey data on mobility device use, self-rated physical mobility and leisure activities outside the home were utilised for a Latvian (n = 225) and Swedish (n = 314) sample. Differences in type and number of leisure activities were studied between the countries and for four groups of participants according to use/non-use of and level of physical mobility. Results Significant differences in type and number of leisure activities were seen between the national samples and among the participant groups. In general, each participant group in the Swedish sample reported more leisure activities than did those in the Latvian sample. Non-users with good physical mobility reported significantly more leisure activities than all other participant groups. Conclusion There are differences between the two national contexts in the type and number of leisure activities reported. To support very old people's participation in outdoor leisure activities, we need more knowledge as to how physical, institutional and sociocultural environments affect very old people's opportunities to engage in and perform such activities.

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British Journal of Occupational Therapy
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College of Occupational Therapists
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  abstract     = {<p>Introduction Opportunities for leisure activities and physical mobility are important for the ageing population. Therefore, we aim to describe leisure activities outside the home among very old (over 80 years of age) users and non-users of mobility devices in two European countries. Method Survey data on mobility device use, self-rated physical mobility and leisure activities outside the home were utilised for a Latvian (n = 225) and Swedish (n = 314) sample. Differences in type and number of leisure activities were studied between the countries and for four groups of participants according to use/non-use of and level of physical mobility. Results Significant differences in type and number of leisure activities were seen between the national samples and among the participant groups. In general, each participant group in the Swedish sample reported more leisure activities than did those in the Latvian sample. Non-users with good physical mobility reported significantly more leisure activities than all other participant groups. Conclusion There are differences between the two national contexts in the type and number of leisure activities reported. To support very old people's participation in outdoor leisure activities, we need more knowledge as to how physical, institutional and sociocultural environments affect very old people's opportunities to engage in and perform such activities.</p>},
  author       = {Kylberg, Marianne and Löfqvist, Charlotte and Horstmann, Vibeke and Iwarsson, Susanne},
  issn         = {0308-0226},
  keyword      = {Activity and participation,ageing population,assistive technology},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {04},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {250--258},
  publisher    = {College of Occupational Therapists},
  series       = {British Journal of Occupational Therapy},
  title        = {Leisure activities and mobility device use among very old people in Latvia and in Sweden},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0308022616681795},
  volume       = {80},
  year         = {2017},
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