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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1643-1665
Number of pages23
Early online date10 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


Leisure has emerged as a prominent research theme within the growing body of knowledge on dementia, with a focus on physical activity. Yet participation in any form of leisure presupposes an ability to freely choose to partake in activities and to negotiate one’s way around key barriers. In the case of dementia, the ability to undertake leisure activities is subject to a greater range of barriers, structured in a hierarchical manner that contributes to social exclusion if not addressed. This study based on focus groups with people with dementia and their family members conducted in Dorset, UK illustrates a range of barriers to leisure participation. How to create or maintain leisure opportunities for those living with dementia where households affected by dementia do not adopt avoidance behaviour, compounding a sense of isolation and exclusion is a challenge. Leisure can be an important strategy framed as a form of resistance to the social disabilities experienced by those living with dementia and it is potentially isolating impact.


This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of the following article: Anthea Innes, Stephen J. Page, and Clare Cutler, ‘Barriers to leisure participation for people with dementia and their carers: An exploratory analysis of carer and people with dementia’s experiences’, Dementia, Vol. 15 (6): 1643-1665, November 2016, DOI:, published by SAGE. © 2015 The Author(s) Content in the UH Research Archive is made available for personal research, educational, and non-commercial purposes only. Unless otherwise stated, all content is protected by copyright, and in the absence of an open license, permissions for further re-use should be sought from the publisher, the author, or other copyright holder.

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