Women Aged 75 and Over: Attitudes towards Health-related Role Models and Female Master Athletes

By Sean Horton, Rylee A. Dionigi and Joselyne Bellamy.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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Inactivity and sedentary behaviour among older females has become an important public health concern as the population ages. This study investigated older women’s attitudes in two areas related to health and physical activity, health related role models and female Masters athletes. Twenty-one women aged 75–92 completed in-depth interviews and were divided into three groups (highly active, moderately active, or inactive). Comparisons were made across groups to determine how attitudes differed depending on one’s current level of physical activity involvement. This study highlights the complexity in role model research and the issues inherent in health promotion initiatives aimed at older women.

Keywords: Older Women, Health Promotion, Behaviour Change, Physical Activity, Stereotypes

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.33-47. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 208.943KB).

Dr. Sean Horton

Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Sean Horton is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor, Canada. Dr. Horton has an established knowledge of the impact of stereotypes on the health and performance of seniors. He has expertise in quantitative, qualitative and meta-analytic techniques. Dr. Horton takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of seniors and physical activity, which has resulted in numerous journal publications.

Dr. Rylee A. Dionigi

Senior Lecturer, Associate Head of School, School of Human Movement Studies, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Rylee Dionigi is Associate Head of the School of Human Movement Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia. She has published in the fields of sport sociology, ageing and physical activity, exercise psychology and leisure studies. Dr. Dionigi has expertise in qualitative research methods and extensive knowledge on ‘the older athlete.’ Her book, Competing for Life: Older People, Sport and Ageing (2008), is the first published research monograph to present extensive empirical qualitative data on the personal and cultural meanings of competitive sports participation in later life.

Joselyne Bellamy

Department of Kinesiology, University of Windsor, Canada

Joselyne is a graduate from the University of Windsor, Canada in the Department of Kinesiology.