This research aims to examine older adults experiences of sport and physical activity, and to understand how physically active older adults are perceived by others.

The project is divided into two stages. Stage one involves gathering experiences of ageing and physical activity from 40 adults (60 years+) recruited from a range of indoor and outdoor physical activity groups. Data will be collected using in-depth interviews and photography, and will be represented in the form of a DVD.

The second stage will involve a total of 24 focus groups with young, midlife and older adults (12 groups on two separate occasions). The first focus group meeting will explore the participants perceptions of (self-)ageing. The second will involve viewing the DVD as a means to elicit discussion regarding physical activity in older age, and expectations of ageing bodies. Multiple forms of analysis will be used with the data to generate in-depth understanding about the impact of physical activity on experiences and perceptions of (self-)ageing. This will enable the value of sport and physical activity to be captured in a more complete and nuanced way. In addition, the information gleaned will assist in promoting healthy ageing and improving perceptions of the ageing process.



“Doing masculinity” in physical culture: What can we learn from older physically active men?

Author: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 11 September 2013 Conference paper/presentation

Photographing Physical Activity to ‘Grasp at’ the Phenomenology of the Ageing Body (submitted)

Author: Noreen Orr Date: 09 August 2013 Journal article

Ageing Bodies, Narrative and Physical Activity

Speaker: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 30 July 2013 Presentation/lecture

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Ageing and Physical Activity: Rethinking Approaches

Organiser: Dr Cassandra Phoenix Date: 30 July 2013 Organised event

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Narrative and the Ageing Body in Sport and Leisure (Leisure Studies Association newsletter)

Author: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 01 July 2013 Newsletter

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Moving Stories: Key Findings Booklet

Author: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 30 June 2013 Other publication/report

Pleasure: A Forgotten Dimension of Ageing and Physical Activity

Speaker: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 12 June 2013 Conference paper/presentation

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Invited speaker: Bath University Physical Cultural Studies Group seminar series

Speaker: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 23 May 2013 Seminar/workshop

Project Management Training

Participant: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 23 May 2013 Training course

Pleasure: A Forgotten Dimension of Ageing and Physical Activity (under review)

Author: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 31 March 2013 Journal article

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"You can keep going physically for a lot longer than people think” : understanding lived experiences of physical activity in older age

Speaker: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 28 December 2012 Presentation/lecture

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Understanding experiences of physical activity in older age

Author: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 17 October 2012 Conference paper/presentation

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Ageing, exercise and the narrative of decline : insights from the lives of active older adults

Speaker: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 13 October 2012 Presentation/lecture

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Active ageing: European Centre for Environment and Human Health Enterprise Series

Organiser: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 13 October 2012 Organised event

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Moving stories : participant workshop

Organiser: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 13 October 2012 Organised event

Health and wellbeing throughout the ageing process : lessons from physically active older adults

Speaker: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 13 October 2012 Presentation/lecture

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Move : the exhibition

Creator: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 04 October 2012 Dissemination / Communication

Learning from the lived ageing body : Advancing knowledge of physical activity in later years

Author: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 13 August 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Photographing physical activity : movement, rhythm and the phenomenology of ageing

Speaker: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 11 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

In pursuit of 'active ageing' : What can we learn from a life history approach?

Author: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 29 May 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Moving Stories: A Short Film

Director: Cassandra Phoenix Date: 01 July 2011 Video

Start date
01 March 2011
End date
14 September 2013
Grant holder
Dr Cassandra Phoenix
Grant amount
£270,519.30
Grant reference
RES-061-25-0491
Discipline
Sociology
Grant type