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Therapeutic or detrimental mobilities? Walking groups for older adults

Therapeutic or detrimental mobilities? Walking groups for older adults
Therapeutic or detrimental mobilities? Walking groups for older adults
The health benefits of walking through greenspace have earned widespread academic attention in recent years and have been termed ‘therapeutic mobilities’. As a result, walking groups are actively encouraged by health professionals as a way to promote ‘healthy ageing’. This paper examines whether the promotion of community-led walking groups relies upon overly optimistic understandings that portray walking in greenspace as an inherently therapeutic practice. Accordingly, this paper introduces the concept of ‘detrimental mobilities’ to explore how the shared movement promoted via walking groups may not always be inherently therapeutic and may have some detrimental impacts on the individuals who take part in these activities. Drawing on findings from in-depth walking interviews with older members of the ‘Walking for Health’ scheme in Southampton, England, this paper examines how mobilities have the potential to disable, as much as they enable, health and wellbeing.
Ageing, Greenspace, Mobility, Therapeutic landscapes, Wellbeing
1353-8292
Paddon, Laura, Isobel
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Paddon, Laura, Isobel
16f841fe-388e-4a6e-a93e-a7300ac0191a

Paddon, Laura, Isobel (2020) Therapeutic or detrimental mobilities? Walking groups for older adults. Health & Place, 63, [102346]. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2020.102346).

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The health benefits of walking through greenspace have earned widespread academic attention in recent years and have been termed ‘therapeutic mobilities’. As a result, walking groups are actively encouraged by health professionals as a way to promote ‘healthy ageing’. This paper examines whether the promotion of community-led walking groups relies upon overly optimistic understandings that portray walking in greenspace as an inherently therapeutic practice. Accordingly, this paper introduces the concept of ‘detrimental mobilities’ to explore how the shared movement promoted via walking groups may not always be inherently therapeutic and may have some detrimental impacts on the individuals who take part in these activities. Drawing on findings from in-depth walking interviews with older members of the ‘Walking for Health’ scheme in Southampton, England, this paper examines how mobilities have the potential to disable, as much as they enable, health and wellbeing.

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Accepted/In Press date: 23 April 2020
Published date: 28 April 2020
Keywords: Ageing, Greenspace, Mobility, Therapeutic landscapes, Wellbeing

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Local EPrints ID: 439780
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/439780
ISSN: 1353-8292
PURE UUID: 1f802a2b-6d68-4405-9dbb-5856c60a93dd

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Date deposited: 04 May 2020 16:30
Last modified: 21 Nov 2021 20:22

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