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PARTS Findings

Physical Activity in Retirement Transitions Study Report and Results

The Physical Activity and Retirement Transitions Study (PARTS) was undertaken by Active Norfolk in partnership with UEA and funded by Sport England. The study set out to explore how retirement impacts on physical activity as well as the personal experiences, barriers and facilitators to being and keeping active whilst transitioning from work into retirement.

The methods used in the PARTS include:

- A review of existing literature was carried out to help understand existing evidence surrounding physical activity and transitioning to retirement.

- Analysis of Active Lives Survey data was used to look at the significance and size of relationships between levels of physical activity and working status whilst controlling for other variables known to influence physical activity such as age group and level of disability.

Consultations with employers, older workers and retirees were undertaken using three separate approaches:

  1. An online survey by Active Norfolk was developed and promoted to gather insight on the expectations and experiences of retirement of those aged 55+, as well as barriers, facilitators and preferences linked to physical activity.
  2. Focus groups and interviews with older workers and retirees were held to obtain the views of older workers and recent retirees on their experiences of being and staying physically active during the transition to and at retirement.
  3. Interviews with employers were designed to explore the role of employers in supporting retirement and physical activity, and the possibility of embedding an intervention.

A summary of the study findings are available in the Key Findings and Recommendations report below. The full report is also available below which provides a more detailed overview of the methods and results of the study.

Rachel Cooke

Rachel Cooke

Insight & Evaluation Officer

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Process and programme evaluation
  • Research and insight
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