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‘Keeping your body and mind active’: an ethnographic study of aspirations for healthy ageing

Overview of attention for article published in BMJ Open, January 2016
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (89th percentile)
  • Good Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (74th percentile)

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7 tweeters
2 Facebook pages


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‘Keeping your body and mind active’: an ethnographic study of aspirations for healthy ageing
Published in
BMJ Open, January 2016
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009973
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Cornelia Guell, Guy Shefer, Simon Griffin, David Ogilvie, Guell, Cornelia, Shefer, Guy, Griffin, Simon, Ogilvie, David


To describe and explore perceptions, practices and motivations for active living in later life. Qualitative study with semistructured interviews and 'semistructured' participant observations of participant-selected activities, such as exercise classes, private or organised walks, shopping and gardening. 27 participants (65-80 years) from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer Norfolk study, purposefully selected by gender, age, occupational class, living status and residential location; 19 of the participants agreed to be accompanied for observed activities. Participants' homes, neighbourhoods, places of leisure activities and workplaces in Norfolk, England. All participants regarded a positive attitude as important for healthy ageing; this included staying active, both physically and mentally through sedentary activities such as reading and crosswords. 'Getting out of the house', being busy, or following a variety of interests were regarded as both important motivators and descriptions of their 'activeness'. Purposeful activities formed an important part of this, for example, still being engaged in paid or voluntary work, having caring responsibilities, or smaller incidental activities such as helping neighbours or walking for transport. Many also reported adapting previous, often lifelong, activity preferences and habits to their ageing body, or replacing them altogether with lower impact activities such as walking. This included adapting to the physical limitations of partners and friends which dictated the intensity and frequency of shared activities. The social context of activities could thus form a barrier to active living, but could also encourage it through companionship, social responsibilities and social pressures. Promoting and maintaining physical activity among older people may require more attention to activeness as an attitude and way of life as well as to its social context, and initiatives encouraging broader activity habits rather than discrete activities.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Switzerland 1 1%
United Kingdom 1 1%
Unknown 96 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 21 21%
Unspecified 18 18%
Student > Doctoral Student 13 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 12%
Student > Bachelor 9 9%
Other 23 23%
Unknown 2 2%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 24 24%
Social Sciences 20 20%
Medicine and Dentistry 15 15%
Nursing and Health Professions 12 12%
Sports and Recreations 8 8%
Other 17 17%
Unknown 2 2%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 14. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 28 December 2016.
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