The lived experience of redesigning lifestyle post retirement in the UK

MOUNTAIN, Gail and CRAIG, Claire (2011). The lived experience of redesigning lifestyle post retirement in the UK. Occupational Therapy International, 18 (1), 48-58.

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Link to published version:: DOI: 10.1002/oti.309

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility of introducing and delivering an occupation-based lifestyle intervention, inspired by the US Lifestyle Redesign® into a UK context and to test requirements for a future robust clinical evaluation. The intervention involves a weekly facilitated group session to assist participants to engage with new and neglected occupations supplemented by an individual monthlymeeting with one of the facilitators.A range of quantitative and qualitative methods were employed for the entire research programme. An in-depth interview was conducted with all participants before and after the 8-month programme and their progress was documented in reflective diaries maintained by the programme facilitators. The four participants whose narratives are described in this paper were experiencing eroded lifestyle as a result of diminished health combined with other challenges of later life. However, results of post-intervention interviews revealed that all had been able to engage with new and re-engage with neglected occupations despite continuing compromises. None of the participants reported experiencing improved physical health but all talked about the improvements to their confidence, self-efficacy and overall well-being which they attributed to the programme. Therefore, the intervention appears to warrants the investment necessary for population-based evaluation.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1002/oti.309
Depositing User: Claire Craig
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2012 15:36
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2013 10:57
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4971

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