‘Even een rondje wezen wandelen, want dan kom ik weer mensen tegen’: Kwalitatief onderzoek naar de participatie van ouderen met geheugenproblemen

Mirjam Klaassens, Louise Meijering

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Many older adults who live at home face memory problems, which creates challenges for their participation in society. This may lead to social isolation and a lower wellbeing. In this qualitative study, we studied the physical and social participation of seven older adults with memory problems who live at home, to identify obstacles and coping strategies. Different research methods were adopted: 1) walking interviews, 2) travel diaries, and 3) in-depth interviews. Physical and social participation take place independently and in the immediate living environment. Participants experience several obstacles, which are highly impacted by the mode of transportation that they use: walking versus cycling. The results provide new insights on the strategies that participants develop to continue to participate. Fixed routes help them navigate, orientate and anticipate to traffic situations. Participating in activities for a short period of time is a strategy to make social participation less demanding. It is not the duration, but the experience of the activity that is important. The article concludes that older adults with memory problems exercise control in shaping their activities according to their personal needs, possibilities and surroundings. It is important that they are not only supported in avoiding risks, but also in developing suitable coping strategies.

Vertaalde titel van de bijdrage'I went for a short walk, so I'll run into people again'. Qualitative research on the participation of older adults with memory problems
Originele taal-2Dutch
TijdschriftTijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - 2021


  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Memory Disorders
  • Qualitative Research
  • Social Participation
  • Walking

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