“Weak”, “sick”, “immobile”, “decrepit”, “lonely”, “depressed”. If the prospect of growing old brings thoughts like these to mind, you are not alone. It seems that many people – of all age groups – have a preconceived idea of what being old will be like. And it’s generally not good.
Cassandra Phoenix is an Associate Professor at the University of Bath, UK. Her research interests focus on ageing, health and wellbeing. Recent projects have examined the role of physical activity in shaping expectations and experiences of ageing; the impact of late onset sight loss in older adults on being physically active; living with chronic illness; and the use of outdoor environments (‘green’ and ‘blue’ space) to manage and promote wellbeing. Her research is underpinned by an ongoing commitment to the use and development of qualitative methods to address complex health issues. Edited books include: Sport and Physical Activity in Later Life: Critical Perspectives (2015) and The World of Physical Culture in Sport and Exercise: Visual Methods for Qualitative Research (2011).