The Social Inclusion of Older People: Data from Two Community-Based Public Relations Surveys

By Tessa Anna Lomax and Marcella Sinead O'Mahony.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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This paper explores what older people want from the ongoing and developing community arts projects at the new Penarth Pier Pavilion, identifies possible barriers to participation, and improves the social inclusion of older people in the community arts projects at the Penarth Pier Pavilion. Data were collected from both current users of the Pier “Current users” and older more marginalised potential users of the Pier “Potential users” via two public relations surveys. Data were compared using chi-squared tests. There was no difference between Current and Potential users in what they wanted from the Pier Pavilion. Potential users had visited the Pier significantly less than Current users (p<0.001). The main barrier to participation of Potential users was lack of transport. A new more convenient public bus for the Pier Pavilion would be used by the community and would improve participation of the older community in the community arts projects being developed at the Penarth Pier Pavilion.

Keywords: Social Inclusion, Older People, Public Transport

The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.21-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 11, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 364.199KB)).

Tessa Anna Lomax

Medical Student, Cardiff University Medical School, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Dr. Marcella Sinead O'Mahony

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK