Supporting older men’s social participation: A framework for engagement

Kate Cowen*, Tracy Collins, Gemma Wilson-Menzfeld, Susan Carr

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Abstract

Community social participation activities are considered effective in reducing social isolation and loneliness (SIL) amongst older people. However, most community social group participants are women with a paucity of research exploring older men’s perspectives and preferences. This study explored the challenges and facilitators to older men’s social participation utilising a multi-method qualitative design including interviews (n = 18) and a collaborative workshop (n = 7) with older men and community organisations. The resulting data was analysed thematically. Five themes were identified, ‘meaningful occupations’, ‘identity and loss’, ‘connections’, ‘landscape of service delivery’, and ‘therapeutic landscapes’. The findings informed the development of a framework for engaging older men. The model emphasises the built environment and intergenerational connections as necessary components for social participation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of Men's Studies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 23 May 2024

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