Generating Older Active Lives Digitally (GOALD) Through Sport-Based Reminiscence



Haynes R, Ritchie J & Tomaz S (2023) Generating Older Active Lives Digitally (GOALD) Through Sport-Based Reminiscence. Gerontological Society of America, Tampa, Florida, USA Innovation in Aging, 7 (Supplement_1), p. 669.

How do digitally-delivered meaningful activities, such as sport-based reminiscence, influence older people’s health and well-being and intergenerational relationships? Developing and strengthening older people’s ’connectivities’ through their links with community, resources and meaningful activities is a key aspect of supporting healthy ageing and reducing health inequalities in later life. Sport-based reminiscence has become an established activity to facilitate social connectivity and increasingly, digital connectivity, which can support an individual’s sense of health and well-being. This paper reports on research undertaken within a three-year research programme on ’Connectivity and Digital Design for Promoting Health and Well-being Across Generations, Places and Spaces’ focusing on research conducted with four community-based co-production groups in Scotland. The qualitative research was developed with a stakeholder advisory group and co-production groups in care homes and in community. Data was gathered from recording of meetings and researcher observations thematically analysed to document shared experiences of digitally enabled sport reminiscence over a ten month period. We report on the efficacy of live-streamed and digital sport heritage experiences for triggering reminiscence in a hybrid context. We emphasise the need for structured facilitation of hybrid online/in-person reminiscence, which can clearly produce meaningful and enjoyable experiences for older people, and building connectivity.

Life-span and Life-course Studies; Health Professions (miscellaneous); Health (social science)

Innovation in Aging: Volume 7, Issue Supplement_1

FundersESRC Economic and Social Research Council
Publication date31/12/2023
Publication date online31/12/2023
Date accepted by journal11/08/2023
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
ConferenceGerontological Society of America
Conference locationTampa, Florida, USA

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Professor Richard Haynes

Professor Richard Haynes

Professor, Communications, Media and Culture

Dr John Ritchie

Dr John Ritchie

Lecturer, Communications, Media and Culture

Dr Simone Tomaz

Dr Simone Tomaz

Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, Sport

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