Exploring the Facilitators and Barriers to Physical Activity in Older People With Sight Loss

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This study aimed to explore facilitators and barriers to physical activity in older people with sight loss. Focus groups were conducted with 13 community-dwelling older adults with sight loss ranging from poor to completely blind. Transcripts were analyzed using an inductive thematic analysis. Facilitators and barriers are experienced in three ways: psychologically; through opportunity and access; and at a societal and policy level. Campaigns are needed to challenge unhelpful age-related stereotypes at both psychological and societal levels. Additionally, interventions grounded in evidence and theory should be trialled and evaluated for increasing physical activity in this population.

Burton, Clancy, and Cowap are with the Centre for Health Psychology and Centre for Psychological Research, Life and Health Sciences, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom.

Address author correspondence to Amy E. Burton at amy.burton@staffs.ac.uk.
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