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dc.contributor.advisorDay, Rosalind
dc.contributor.authorBiddlecombe, Kate
dc.date.available2013-03-24T19:48:21Z
dc.date.copyright2013
dc.identifier.citationBiddlecombe, K. (2013). Planning for Older Adults: Experiences in Physical Activity (Thesis, Master of Planning). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/3797en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/3797
dc.description.abstractThe New Zealand population, like many other Western countries, is currently experiencing an ageing phenomenon. Increased life expectancy, declining fertility rates and the ‘baby-boomer’ generation approaching retirement, all contribute to New Zealand’s ageing population. By 2051, there will be 1.18 million people aged 65 and older, representing an increase of 165% since 2001. The rapidly ageing population will have significant social, cultural and economic implications in the future. The main areas of concern at the national level will be the future sustainability of the taxpayer-funded superannuation, and the increasing costs associated with providing older adults with social welfare, health facilities and disability services. There will also be many planning implications at the local level, to prepare and implement a range of strategies to enable older people to keep their independence and security in their communities. Therefore, there is an urgent need for older adults to remain active, by participating in regular physical activity, to have healthy and satisfied lives beyond retirement. This research investigates older adults’ participation in physical activity in New Zealand, using Dunedin City as a case study. In this research an ‘older adult’ refers to a person who is aged 65 and older. This thesis investigates the key barriers to, and opportunities, for their participation in physical activity. The extent the current planning system is enabling older adults to participate in, and what services and resources are currently designated to increase this involvement, will be analysed. It will also examine how physical activity can be best planned for at the local level in the future, special emphasis will be given to Māori adults. A humanistic qualitative approach was utilised in this research, which allowed a comprehensive understanding of informants’ experiences and perceptions. Thirty-nine semi-structured interviews were conducted across three respondent groups. These included; 12 adults in Dunedin, 14 planning professionals working within local councils and 13 employees in the sport and health industry. This gave a broad multi-faceted understanding of the research area. Results suggest that there are a number of barriers that exist at the personal, community and national levels. These have varied in their effect, based on individuals’ life experiences and personal characteristics. However, there are a number of opportunities for being physically active. It can be deduced that there is insufficient central guidance to encourage older adults to be active at the local level. Every local council has planned for their ageing population in a different way, and several specific examples are provided. Research resulted in a number of key findings. These will be of value to; central government, the sport and health industry and local government, with specific reference to Dunedin and the wider Otago region. Some of these findings are general in nature, while others are more specific, and these were largely derived from older adults’ personal experiences.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectageing population
dc.subjectolder adults
dc.subjectphyscial activity
dc.subjectexercise
dc.subjectactive ageing
dc.subjectplanning
dc.subjectDunedin
dc.titlePlanning for Older Adults: Experiences in Physical Activity
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2013-03-24T01:55:30Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Planning
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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